Firefighters extinguish fire

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis firefighters were called to a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street just after 7 p.m. Wednesday for a kitchen fire.

Fire personnel arrived to find the homeowner with a garden hose spraying water through the back door of the home. Fire crews entered the structure and extinguished the fire.

Officials said the house sustained considerable smoke and fire damage. The fire was caused by a pan of grease on the stove, authorities said.

No injuries were reported.

Lockport Township no permit required

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

With the transition to fire protection coverage from the city of Three Rivers Fire Department, it will no longer be necessary for Lockport Township residents to call for a burn permit.

The action is not required because Lockport Township residents won’t be charged for a fire response.

Residents are reminded that open burning of household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials is prohibited.

The burning of these household trash items poses a danger to human health and the environment Three Rivers fire officials said. The changes contain penalty provisions, which may be enforced by local units of government, should a local ordinance not exist.

Residents are also reminded to be responsible with open burning of leaves and brush. Fires should be supervised until extinguished, and weather conditions should be taken into consideration before starting an open burn.

Refrain from burning during dry conditions, and or high winds.

Fire Chief resigning

March 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson has announced he is resigning from the position later this summer.

In a prepared statement, Tomlinson said he will step down around Aug. 1, but a firm date will be set once a replacement has been hired and adequately trained.

Tomlinson, who has spent nearly 30 years in the industry, said philosophical differences over budget allocations played a role in his decision. Since August 2008, Tomlinson has stepped into a variety of roles besides his duties as chief. Those roles include EMS chief, chief emergency manager and chief of buildings and grounds.

Tomlinson said he has too much passion and vision for each of the responsibilities, and not enough resources or ancillary support to fulfill his expectations.

Fire departments battle blaze

March 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Crews from two departments spent Wednesday morning battling a fire at an apartment building at 121 N. Lincoln Ave. in Three Rivers.

The blaze was reported by a passer-by around 6:45 a.m. The site is just east of the BP gas station.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire on the first floor. The interior fire was brought under control quickly, but fire had spread into the attic and adjacent walls.

Occupants of the apartments were at work at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, though the building sustained significant damage.

The barber shop had no damage. Cause of the fire had not been determined as of Friday.

New firefighters

March 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Fabius Park Fire Department has brought aboard a pair of new firefighters.

Joining the department are Justin Miller and Jake Fassett, giving the department a 23-person roster.

Miller and Fassett are set to receive training during the next firefighter’s academy in Kalamazoo County.

House destroyed by fire

March 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A house in the 100 block of East Congress Street in Sturgis was destroyed by fire early Monday.

The Sturgis Fire Department said flames and heavy smoke were observed coming from the front half of the residence upon their arrival.

There was nobody in the residence at the time of the blaze, and neighbors told firefighters it had been unoccupied for at least three weeks.

An investigation to determine the cause of the fire continues.

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