On December 11th at 8:55 hours, Grand Rapids fire crews were alerted to the report of an apartment fire at the Ridgewood apartments on the city’s SE side. Companies arrived with smoke showing from the eaves, pulled several attack lines and began an aggressive interior attack while other companies preformed searches and opened up.
Due to 55mph+ winds fueling the fire, it quickly spread through the void spaces, walls, and attic causing heavy heat and rapidly deteriorating fire conditions. Crews transitioned to a defensive posture and fought the fire with several hand lines and master streams. Three firefighters were injured and are expected to be ok.
Grand Rapids fire crews were dispatched to the 500 block of Leonard Street NE for the report of a house on fire. Companies arrived to find heavy fire on the alpha side of the structure on the exterior of the building with some extension inside. Engine 5 commenced fire attack and achieved a quick knock. Crews rescued 1 Cat from the residence.
Assignment: Engine’s 2,5,9 and 10 Rescues 1 and 2 Platform 2 and 3 Car’s 2,5,6,16 and 20.
Grand Rapids fire crews battled two fires at this location within the same day on Tuesday. The second time crews found heavy smoke from the upper floor and opted to go defensive due to poor building conditions and firefighter safety. Several exterior hand lines and an aerial master stream were used to bring the fire under control. Assignment: Engines 2, 10, and 11, Platform 2, Rescue 1 and 2, Cars 3, 5, 6, and 20. Relief Companies were Engine 4 and Ladder 4. – Dylan Bartz
Grand Rapids Michigan. Fire through the roof of a two-story residential structure. Platform 2 going defensive on Side A. Second time in one day that that house caught on fire. – Ryan Beavers
At approximately 1:35 PM Wyoming fire crews responded to the 2500 block of Batts for a reported structure fire, around the same time Grand Rapids Engine 10 reported heavy black smoke in that direction and responded to the scene. Engine 10 requested a full assignment from Grand Rapids to the scene. Crews from Wyoming, Kentwood and Grand Rapids found a commercial building fully involved along with a dwelling partially involved. Crews did great work stopping the fire from consuming the dwelling. The commercial structure was a total loss.
Around 5:30 the Grand Rapids Fire Department was alerted for the report of a rear porch on fire on the 800 Block of Diamond N. Car 6 arrived to find a two-story, wood-frame with heavy fire in the rear. Engine 5 was fire attack while other crews conducted a primary search and helped with gaining access. Two cats were rescued and handed over to their owners. Ladder 1 conducted ventilation and laddered the roof. The fire was placed under control shortly after.
On Tuesday February 18th at 15:17 hours, the Grand Rapids Fire Department was alerted for fire at the corner of Eastern and Oakdale SE. Engine 10 arrived with heavy smoke showing from a one-story commercial building. Companies began a offensive attack and performed searches of the building. The building had three separate areas, and crews conducted primary searches in the other areas which proved negative. After sending multiple crews inside, command pulled everyone out and they started operating in a defensive posture. Several handlines and aerial streams were used to bring the fire under control.
Initial assignment was Engine 4, Engine 10, Engine 11, Rescue 1, Rescue 2, Ladder 4, Car 5, Car 3, extra Engine 2, Engine 6, and Platform 2. 2nd Alarm brought Engine 3, Engine 5, Engine 9, Ladder 1, Ladder 3, ADV 1, Car 2, and Car 6.