Baby thrown from window in close escape from massive fire at apartment building
DETROIT – A massive fire that ripped through an apartment building early Thursday cause some residents to take drastic measures to escape, FOX 2 Detroit reports. One woman threw her baby out a window – the child was caught by someone on the ground – before jumping out herself. A witness told the TV station that there was an explosion right after the woman jumped. Twelve units were destroyed at the apartment complex near I-96 and Telegraph in Detroit, leaving eight families homeless; the Red Cross is working to find them accommodations, Detroit deputy fire commissioner Dave Fornell said. READ MORE:Satellite photos show ‘very active’ Northern Lights flowing over MichiganSuspects flee through snowy Northern Michigan woods, across river dumping evidenceCrashed semitruck on I-94 will require significant effort to remove, officials sayTeen left for dead after being run over multiple times in Michigan school parking lotmlive.com
Detroit Fire Officials tell us what happened and what’s not supposed to happen in 3 house fires this morning
A raging fire had broken out in an abandoned house next door and was burning his. As the fire burned for several minutes the water pressure dropped in the first line connected to the first hydrant across the street. Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell met 7 Action News on the scene and tells us what happened and what was not supposed to happen. Commissioner Fornell says the fire in the occupied house was out when the water pressure dropped. The water system is more than a century old.wxyz.com
Detroit fire explains drop in water pressure while fighting 3 house fires this morning
Willie Baker, Jr was asleep when Detroit firefighters banged on his door and told him to get out. A raging fire had broken out in an abandoned house next door and was burning his. The fire also spread to a third abandoned house.wxyz.com
Michigan woman’s ‘dead body’ Halloween decoration leads to 911 calls
DETROIT – One Michigan woman is very serious about getting her Halloween kicks – and it has led to 911 calls and visits from police, USA Today reports. Detroiter LaRethia Haddon isn’t alone in her love of freaking out her neighbors and passersby. These kinds of extreme Halloween décor can lead people to call 911, the report said. But Detroit Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell told USA Today that calls over decorations or costumes don’t necessarily increase around the holiday. “People don’t hesitate, they pick up the phone and call 911 if somebody needs help,” Fornell said.mlive.com
Firefighters were not told child was in burning Detroit home, official says
DETROIT -- Detroit police have launched an investigation after people living in a home that caught fire failed to tell firefighters an 18-month-old girl was inside the house. Firefighters rescued the toddler from the burning home in the 11000 block of Riad at about 3:20 a.m. on April 5, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell told The Detroit News on Saturday. Several adults were outside and asked firefighters to save dogs that were in the burning house. That’s when firefighters found a crib with the child in it in a room filled with black smoke, according to the Associated Press. Dogs and puppies inside the house did not appear to be harmed by the fire which mostly damaged the kitchen.mlive.com
Ambulance carrying patient crashes with SUV then through fence, brick wall
DETROIT – A Detroit EMS ambulance was on a non-emergency medical run when it collided with an SUV, which sent it through a fence and then a brick wall on Sunday, April 11, FOX 2 Detroit reports. The crash resulted in minor injuries to the patient and two medics in the ambulance and the driver of the SUV; all four were transported to a local hospital, the report said. “It looks a lot worse than it really was,” DFD Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell told FOX 2. “I thought it was bad.”The crash remains under investigation; it’s unclear how the crash happened. The ambulance was on a non-emergency run, which means it was required to stop at red lights and stop signs.mlive.com
2 dead in Detroit house fire on Tracey Street
DETROIT – A man and woman died in a Detroit house fire on Tracey Street that happened Monday afternoon, the Detroit Fire Department confirmed. According to DFD Deputy Fire Commissioner, Dave Fornell, one of the victims was 78 years old and the other was in their 60s. They were already dead even before we technically arrived,” said Detroit Fire Chief Marvin Parker. Officials said one of the victims was on oxygen but they do not believe it was what started the flames. Stay with Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit as this story continues to develop.
Woman killed, child critically injured in suspicious Detroit house fire
DETROIT – The 20-year-old woman who firefighters pulled from a burning home in the 7400 block of Clayburn Street in Detroit Tuesday afternoon along with a young boy has died, confirmed Dave Fornell, Deputy Fire Commissioner. Detroit police are now investigating the case as a homicide and say the woman suffered a gunshot wound. The boy suffered burns and smoke inhalation. Officials say the woman was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital with burns covering over 50 percent of her body and suffered from smoke inhalation. According to the Detroit Fire Department, firefighters pulled them from the house right when they arrived about noon Tuesday.
Medical examiner: 2 found dead in Detroit house fire suffered gunshot wounds
DETROIT An unfolding investigation of a Detroit house fire that occurred Monday has revealed that the bodies of two individuals found in fire debris actually died from gunshot wounds. They got inside the building, and in doing their search, they found two victims in the front room, Detroit fire Capt. Investigators did not initially believe the cause of the fire was suspicious in nature and that the individuals died from the fire. However, a medical examiner determined Wednesday that the two burned individuals actually died from gunshot wounds, not the fire. Detroit police are now investigating the incident as a homicide, and the cause of the fire as suspicious, officials said.
2 found dead after massive fire rips through home on Detroits west side
DETROIT Firefighters are investigating after two people were found dead in a home that was ravaged by a massive fire on Detroits west side. They got inside the building, and in doing their search, they found two victims in the front room, Detroit fire Capt. READ: Shooter returns to Detroit crime scene firing shots at officers before fleeing againOfficials said they found food and medicine inside the house. It went into the second floor, and then, of course, it ended up burning into the roof area, Fornell said. Tremendous amount of heat coming out.Investigators dont believe the second floor was occupied.
9-year-old girl killed in house fire on Detroit’s west side
DETROIT – A 9-year-old girl died early Tuesday morning in a house fire on Detroit’s west side. READ: 9-year-old girl dies in fire on Detroit’s west side; siblings rescuedFlames were seen shooting out of the front of the building at around 3 a.m. A mother and father were inside and when they discovered the fire they worked to get the children out safely. The father went to the back of the house and broke windows with his bare hands. “The fire was basically confined to the living room and then to the little dining room off the side. Of course there is heavy smoke damage throughout the entire house,” Fornell said.
Young children rescued from Detroit house fire thanks to neighbors diligence
DETROIT A woman heard smoke alarms going off in her neighbors home on Elmdale Street in Detroit on Saturday night. I discovered there was smoke coming out of the window, and I was bamming on the window, yelling, the neighbor said. Detroit firefighters arrived right away thanks to the neighbors quick action. Detroit police made contact with the grandmother and mother to find out why they were not at home when the fire broke out. Arson investigators with the Detroit Fire Department are trying to pinpoint how the fire started.
Firefighter hurt rescuing 21-year-old woman from burning home in southwest Detroit
DETROIT – A firefighter was injured while rescuing a 21-year-old woman from a burning home in southwest Detroit Friday morning, according to Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell. The firefighter suffered smoke inhalation. His mask and facepiece were removed while getting the woman out of the home. The woman’s 18-year-old brother jumped out of the second floor window and injured his back. The woman who was rescued is in serious condition.
Train hauling hazardous materials derails in Southwest Detroit
click to enlarge Alex SantoriPhoto of a derailed train in Southwest Detroit taken from the offices of the Ideal Group. A train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Southwest Detroit on Thursday morning, but officials say theres no risk to the public.About 15 of the 151 train cars derailed at 9:45 a.m. just south of Michigan Avenue, with one leaning over a bridge above Scotten Avenue near Clark.Emergency officials searched the derailed train cars and found no hazardous materials.Theres no danger to the public, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell tells. The tank cars that derailed were empty.Those containing hazardous materials have not derailed, officials said.The Canadian National Railway said its investigating what caused its cars to derail.CN crews are responding to an incident involving a CN train that occurred this morning in South-West Detroit, the company said in a news release. On Twitter, Amtrak said it will be transferring passengers on buses.Health scares are nothing new in Southwest Detroit. On Thanksgiving Eve, a riverbank containing hazardous materials collapsed into the Detroit River.metrotimes.com
Man rescued from trench in backyard of Detroit home after several hours
DETROIT Crews worked for several hours Monday to rescue a man who became trapped in a trench in the backyard of a Detroit home Monday. He is conscious and he is talking to us, but this can deteriorate pretty rapidly, Dave Fornell, Deputy Commissioner with the Detroit Fire Department said. The man was removed and transported to a hospital around 9:30 p.m.Officials said the man was alive when they removed him from the trench. The man and a crew had been working in that backyard most of Monday. The Trench Rescue Squad was on scene.
Ilitch-owned Gold Dollar Bar where White Stripes played is being demolished
This Monday, demolition began on the Gold Dollar Bar, a Cass Avenue venue where Detroit garage rock bands like the White Stripes cut their teeth. A July 22 fire caused irreparable damage to the building, and Crains Detroit Business reports that an emergency demolition notice was issued the next day. The legendary, Ilitch-owned Gold Dollar is being demolished today after a suspicious fire gutted it. Its where the White Stripes played their first show. pic.twitter.com/Vi1YXjGe55 Motor City Muckraker (@MCmuckraker) August 12, 2019According to the citys parcel database, the Gold Dollar Bar was bought by an Olympia Developmententity for $2.23 million in 2015.detroit.curbed.com
Roof of Detroit apartment building collapses
The Detroit Fire Department responded and rescued people from the building. DETROIT - The roof of an apartment building at the corner of Meyers and Santa Maria on Detroit's west side collapsed Monday afternoon, Detroit Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell said. The incident happened while work was being done on the roof. The Detroit Fire Department responded and rescued people from the building. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.