Saturday, September 1, 2012
Dozens of units in a three-story apartment building on Hall Road have been damaged or destroyed following a massive Friday morning blaze at The Harbours Apartments.
At least four families lost their homes Friday when a second-alarm fire ripped through the third floor of Building 16 in The Harbours Apartments off Hall Road in Clinton Township. Five fire departments were called in to help the Clinton Township crews battle the blaze, which is believed to have started in the attic of the building shortly before 10 a.m. Friday. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Get local and breaking news sent straight to your inbox with the Patch newsletter. Marty Horton, who lives in Building 16 – just two apartments from where the fire started - told Patch.com he was cooking breakfast when he smelled smoke. “The smell got stronger so I stepped out onto the balcony and looked to the right and there I saw …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The roof of a three-story apartment building on Hall Road has collapsed as firefighters from six communities work to put out a massive blaze at the Harbours Apartments.
UPDATE: The Harbours Apartments will collect clothes, shoes and anything else individuals would like to donate in the complex's clubhouse over the Labor Day weekend. The clubhouse is located at 44565 Bayview Ave, Clinton Township - off Hall Road and Heydenreich. Thick black smoke could be seen billowing from Hall Road's the Harbours Apartments in Clinton Township Friday morning as firefighters worked to extinguish a massive blaze that caused the roof on part of the apartment complex to collapse. The fire, which started in apartment complex No. 16 just before 10 a.m. burned for more than an hour as up to three fire trucks continuously sprayed water into the burning building. Patch.com witnessed part of the roof of the three-story apartment …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ralph Kaiser, the township's third fire chief, passed away May 20 at age 86.
As a founding member and later chief of the Macomb Township Fire Department, Ralph Frederick Kaiser devoted more than 30 years of his life to ensuring the health and safety of Macomb Township residents. He passed away Sunday, May 20, at age 86. When the Macomb Township Fire Department was chartered in 1953 as an all volunteer department, Kaiser was one of the first 18 members. He would go on to become Macomb’s third fire chief and hold that position until his retirement in 1989. He was an active member of his church and avid sportsman who enjoyed spending time outdoors. He is survived by his wife, eight children, 28 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. “We appreciate his services to Macomb Township,” said …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Firefighters battled a blaze Friday morning at a house in Macomb Township.
The Macomb Township Fire Department battled a blaze Friday morning at a home on the 45000 block of Bonaventure Street. By noon, the Macomb Township Fire Department had contained the blaze. Neighbor Tyron Brown told Patch nobody was injured in the fire. It's not yet known if anyone was home when the fire broke out. The fire department and Macomb County Sheriff's deputies remain at the scene. Stay with Macomb Patch for further updates on this developing story.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Trick-or-treating starts tonight at 6 in Macomb Township.
Happy Halloween! As the witching hour approaches, we wanted to make sure you had all the information you'll need to make this Halloween one of the spookiest, sugariest and safest on record. Trick-or-Treat Times Throughout Macomb Township, trick-or-treating starts at 6 p.m. No sirens will signal the start, so keep an eye on your watch to ensure you don't miss a minute of candy colletion. Trick-or-treating ends at 8 p.m. Must-See Spots Weather It wouldn't be a Michigan Halloween if the kids didn't have to wear long underwear under their costumes and winter coats on top! The chance of rain is likely and it'll just be cold–somewhere in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service. The skies will be cloudy and a waxing crescent moon won't…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
From a stuffed animal drive benefiting young hospital patients to the township's future in manufacturing, we have news you could use today.
Today is expected to be one of the coolest days of the week, with a high just brushing 60 degrees. It will be partly sunny in the morning and will clear up throughout the rest of the day. However, you'll want to dig out that comforter if you're planning to sleep with your windows open tonight, we'll have a low around 37 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Macomb County Executive (and Macomb Township resident) Mark Hackel paid a special visit to Wednesday's board of trustees meeting to share his vision for Macomb's economic future. Here's a rough sketch of his plans to make Macomb the "defense capital of the world." The 10th annual stuffed animal drive held in memory of baby Erin Patton, and benefiting young patients at …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Fire investigators have determined that the July 10 fire at a Windemere Farms condo was an electrical short in the garage.
Billowing smoke, flames and sounds likened to explosions filled the air Sunday night as a Windemere Farms condo was destroyed by fire. Gas cans and the propane tank of a grill were initially suspected as the cause of the blaze, but Fire Chief Robert Phillips said investigators have finally determined the cause to be an electrical short in the garage. Phillips attributes the “explosions” witnesses in the area claimed to hear to the explosion of the gas tanks, propane tank and cans of spray paint stored in the garage. The family of four living in the condo, which included two children, escaped unharmed, but the family’s two pet cats died in the fire. Phillips said extensive fire and water damage have made the home a complete loss.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The newest addition to Macomb Township's firefighting force, a $900,000 ladder truck, has finally arrived.
The Macomb Township Fire Department's newest set of wheels has arrived. The $900,000 ladder truck could be seen in the Town Hall parking lot Wednesday as Fire Chief Robert Phillips showcased its capabilities for township trustees. The new truck, which boasts a 100-foot plus ladder and 2,000-gallon per minute water pump, replaces the department's 17-year-old, 70-foot ladder truck. Built by Pennsylvania-based KME Fire Apparatus, the truck took seven months to construct. In an earlier interview with Patch, Phillips said the 70-foot truck would likely be sold to a smaller fire department.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
More than 30 firefighters and friends attended the Board of Trustees meeting to oppose the termination of probationary firefighter Jared Boyd, which has been recommended by the chief.
In the question of on-call probationary firefighter Jared Boyd's future, the Macomb Township Fire Department is divided. More than 30 fellow firefighters and friends were present at Wednesday night's Board of Trustees meeting to speak on behalf of Boyd and oppose Fire Chief Robert Phillips' recommendation for Boyd's termination. "I am here this evening to recommend that the board does not promote the probationary firefighter involved and that his employment be terminated for unsatisfactory probationary performance," Phillips said. Because Boyd is a probationary firefighter, and thus employed "at will" under the department's collective bargaining agreement, the township can terminate him at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. …
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Township departments are joining a toy drive that runs until Dec. 17 and will benefit 400 Macomb County children through the Macomb Charitable Foundation.
Come Christmas Day, thousands of local children will wake at sunrise and spend the remainder of the day merrily playing with mountains of colorfully wrapped presents. However, for the 400 Macomb County children who depend upon the Macomb Charitable Foundation for their Christmas, there may not be a mountain of presents awaiting them, but efforts by the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation, Fire and Water departments will ensure the presence of at least a small hill. Past toy collections by these departments have benefited Toys for Tots. This year, at the suggestion of Parks and Recreation Program Director Michelle Duda, the collection will benefit the locally based Macomb Charitable Foundation. "It's been my experience that the …