Detroit, Michigan

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
Staff member
This topic will show photos for what is probably the most active fire department in the United States for structure fires. These first couple of pictures are from August 4, 2006 and show a vacant house along the Jeffries Freeway.

Engine 10 stretched on 7 buildings Friday night!
 

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
Staff member
While waiting for the crew at Engine 9/Ladder 6 to finish lunch so that we could have the apparatus positioned I heard a couple of guys across the street yell "Fire" and then walk away. Thinking that the anonymus duo was messing with me I ignored them. A few moments later the alarm went off for Engine 9 to respond to a report of a blazing automobile.

I guess I should have turned around when they yelled......
 

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Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
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About an hour after our visit to Engine 9/Ladder 6 we were at Engine 10's house when they received a Box Alarm for a building fire. We left as soon as Engine 10 cleared the station and you could see the smoke in the distance. I don't recall all of the companies assigned, but the Engines were 8, 27, and 10 along with Truck 8. The fire was on West Jefferson Avenue between the 8's house and the 27's area.

As it turned out the "building" had already burned down. I do mean down. The fire was in a pile of remnants of what used to be a building. Fairly quick knockdown by Engines 8 & 27, but it took a while to pull through all of the junk to get the fire out.
 

fcdan

Captain
October 24, 2006
Vinewood & Toledo
Four story brick 150x300

Same fire was on the front cover of Firehouse Magazine January 2007
 

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
Staff member
The day after the Jackson flea market (04/29/07) 4 of us buff types headed into Detroit to photograph apparatus. While I was trying to figure out how to get my scanner to work (a function that I'm not very good at) a large, dark cloud of smoke appeared just off of I-94. The fire was around the intersection of 17th & Forest and although I would have thought we were going to a 3rd alarm by the huge volume of smoke, the fire involved a 1 1/2 story abandoned single family dwelling.
 

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
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This house was the second building fire that occurred within just a few minutes in the same area. As a result all of the responding companies had a long drive on the response.
 

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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The roof of the building was burned through and a ladder pipe was set up by Ladder 28. In the first photo you can see Engine 8 leading out to the hydrant to establish a water supply for the ladder company.

All photos - Steve Hagy
 

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
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On April 30th, 2007 our little group continued to take photos in Detroit. While we were at the quarters of Engine 58/Squad 6 the Engine was dispatched to a garage fire on Grayton Street between Riad and Payton Streets. Garage fires are still alarms in Detroit and an engine and a truck complete the assignment. Ladder 31 responded with the 58's.

In the first photo you can see the 58's leaving from the lot across the street from the station where we had posed the apparatus for photos. Photo #2 shows them heading up Whittier Street towards the fire. Photo #3 has Engine 58 pulling up to the hydrant at Riad and Grayton (this run was only a couple of blocks from quarters so we were at the location quickly).

Steve Hagy photos.
 

Box 2565

Engine 16 Box Responses
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I hadn't planned on posting this series in installments, but I ran out of time Sunday!

Photo #4 - The bundle has been dropped in front of the garage. The standard fire attack in Detroit is made using a 2 1/2" line that is wyed into a pair of 1 1/2" lines. The "bundle" is strapped to the back of the engine and is pulled into the street once the first engine engine arrives.

Photo #5 - It's on fire. Water is starting to come through the line. Notice the second 1 1/2" from the bundle in the street.

Photo #6 - We've got water! Notice the burning power line above the garage.

Steve Hagy photos.
 

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Engine 16 Box Responses
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Photo #7 - Most of the visible fire has been knocked down.

Photo #8 - Ladder 31 arrives on the scene.

Photo #9 - Just the shell of the garage is left. Truck 31 is coming over to assist in overhauling the ruins.

Steve Hagy photo.
 

fcdan

Captain
01/01/08
Second alarm at West End & Vanderbilt
Vacant McMillan School
First extra alarm fire for 2008
 

fcdan

Captain
01/21/08
Dubios & E. Palmer
Engine 5, 9, 17, 23, 41, Ladder 6, 7, Squad 3, Chief 1, Medic 6 and EMS Supervisor
Three engines stretched, one ladder pipe, one aerial platform and many handlines working
 

fcdan

Captain
Black and yellow helmets - fire fighters
Red helmets - company officers (Sergants, Lieutenants, Captains)
White helmet - Battalion Chief and higher.

At this particular fire, Chief 1 was a captain acting as battalion chief for the shift.

Dan
 
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sdavey

Guest
August 4, 2007

Box Alarm 
East Grand Boulevard and Agnes

Steven Davey Photos
 
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sdavey

Guest
Box Alarm April 13, 2007
9400 Block of Stone Street near Woodmere
Delray Section of Detroit

Engines 33, 29 and 27 Ladder 13 Squad 4 Chief 7

Steven Davey Photos
 

fcdan

Captain
03/28/08
Fourth Str. south of MLK Blvd
Vacant two story apartment building, in a former housing project that is in the process of being torn down.
Engines 1, 5, 8, 10, 17, Ladder 7, 20, Squad 2, 4 and Chief 5
 
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