Monday, January 7, 2013
Saturday night's blaze on Grant Street was the second in two days in the Rochester area.
A deputy from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office was treated for smoke inhalation while responding to a house fire near Crooks and Auburn roads Saturday night. A resident of the home was also treated for smoke inhalation at an area hospital; they were released from the hospital and the deputy was cleared to return to work. It was the second house fire in two days in the Rochester area. The Saturday fire was reported at 11:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of Grant, according to a sheriff's office report. The deputy who suffered smoke inhalation was the first to arrive on the scene; he could see smoke coming from the house, the report stated. "He ran to the front door and opened it and began yelling inside in an attempt to make sure that the home…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The incident happened Saturday on Star Batt Drive in the city.
A limousine parked in a Rochester Hills building garage caught fire Saturday morning, causing serious smoke damage to the building and other limousines inside. The incident happened on Star Court in an industrial park near Crooks Road and M-59 in the city. There were no injuries in the blaze. When the Rochester Hills Fire Department arrived on the scene they found heavy smoke coming from the locked building, said Fire Chief Ron Crowell. The firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire; the cause is undetermined.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Rochester Hills pays tribute to its fire department, celebrating 10 years of outstanding EMS services — and a 4.76-minute average response time.
Ten years ago, Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell remembers residents having to wait an unnecessary time for an ambulance. That wasn't acceptable, he said. So the city made a commitment to change. The result was an EMS program that has since then serviced 31,000 patients. But even more impressive? The amount of time it takes to reach those patients. Since 2002, the department's response time has decreased 48 percent: it now takes an average of less than five minutes for firefighters and EMS personnel to reach you in an emergency. "We've reduced response times by nearly three minutes," said Crowell, who spoke to Rochester Hills City Councilmembers on Monday night. Mayor Bryan Barnett presented Crowell with a proclamation commending his…
Friday, October 19, 2012
O2 Fur Life pet oxygen masks donated in honor of Fire Safety Month.
More than 40,000 pets nationally die each year due to house fires, according to Marie Skladd, Director of Community Outreach for the Michigan Humane Society. To help reduce those losses, and in honor of October Fire Safety Month, the Humane Society donated four O2 Fur Life pet oxygen masks to the Rochester Hills Fire Department. "This is a big benefit to the department," Fire Chief Ron Crowell said. "We do appreciate this." Mayor Bryan Barnett said the masks were an important tool in making the Rochester Hills Fire Department full-service. "Pets are an important part of our community," Barnett said. "We appreciate this contribution." On any given day there are 200 animals at the Rochester Hills Human Society facility, according to Skladd, …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
And Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett encourages community to show their Tigers pride.
It worked once. Last week former Tigers pitcher and North Hill teacher Andrew Good led his class in a rousing version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." (See "Former Tigers Pitcher Leads Rochester Kids in a Singalong") And to give credit where credit is due, the Tigers won both games played after the song. Now it's the Rochester Hills Fire Department's turn to root on the home team. The firefighters got an assist from a visiting RARA preschool class, an adorable pup looking for his forever home and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. Check out the video and feel free to sing along. Miguel Cabrera is Barnett's Tiger and on game days Barnett dons his Cabrera T-shirt to watch. Does it bring the Tigers luck? Maybe. But whether a shirt is …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
No one was injured in the fire, which damaged four townhouses on Mercer Court in Rochester Hills.
A pan left alone on the kitchen stove of a Rochester Hills townhouse caused a fire that spread fast through the home and caused smoke damage to three other homes nearby, according to the leader of the city's fire department. No one was injured in the Friday night blaze, which was the second cooking-related fire on Mercer Court in the past three years, Fire Chief Ron Crowell said. Friday's fire was reported around 6:30 p.m.; Mercer Court is south of Avon Road and west of Rochester Road, behind Home Depot. Both the Rochester Hills and Rochester fire departments responded to the scene. According to Crowell, the first firefighters arrived on the scene to see heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the townhouse. Crowell said …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The motor home driver was on M-59 when he smelled smoke; he exited onto Adams Road and pulled into Walmart.
Firefighters from Rochester Hills responded on Monday to a motor home on fire in the parking lot of the Adams Road Walmart. According to Fire Chief Ron Crowell, the driver said he was driving on M-59 when he smelled smoke and exited the freeway onto Adams Road. "He exited the motor home and saw the side on fire," Crowell said. Fire crews extinguished the fire, but the fire and smoke caused extensive damage to the motor home. The cause of the fire was likely faulty equipment, Crowell said.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
No one was injured in the Monday afternoon incident at Hamlin Elementary School.
Four teens were taken into custody Monday after they were seen running from the scene of a small fire near an elementary school baseball field. The incident happened at 4:52 p.m. behind Hamlin Elementary School in Rochester Hills. According to a news release from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, sheriff's deputies and the Rochester Hils Fire Department responded to the call, extinguished the fire and talked to witnesses who reported seeing four subjects around the garbage can right before the fire started. The teen-agers — two boys, two girls — were located and taken to the Rochester Hills substation for questioning. Two of the subjects, 18-year-old and 19-year-old boys, were released pending further investigation. An 18-year-old …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is awaiting autopsy results in the man's death.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is awaiting autopsy results following the death of a Rochester Hills man who was found drowning in a swimming pool at the Rochester Estates Mobile Home Park on July 10. Deputies were dispatched to the area after receiving a report of a possible drowning at the clubhouse. When they arrived on the scene, the pool attendant was already performing CPR on the 43-year-old victim. Emergency personnel from the Rochester Hills Fire Department then took over. According to the attendant, a witness had seen the man floating at the bottom of the pool. Bystanders had assisted in pulling him from the water and performing CPR. The Rochester Estates pool is considered a community facility, and no lifeguard was on duty at…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
His co-worker kicks him off the live wire after seeing smoke and sparks coming from his body, police say.
A 25-year-old Plymouth man working on the roof of a Rochester Hills home struck a power line with a nail gun on Tuesday morning, police say. The man had smoke and sparks coming from his body, was kicked off the live power line — and off the roof — by a man working beside him, and lived to tell the story to the rescuers who responded to the scene. Oakland County Sheriff's deputies and the Rochester Hills Fire Department were called to the home in the 2000 block of Simpson Drive, near Livernois and Auburn roads, at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday, according to the report. "Upon arrival, deputies discovered that a 25-year-old male was on a job site and working near the main electrical power lines where they enter the residence," the report stated. "The …