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Frankenmuth Fire Department ends 2017 with 142 service calls

  The Frankenmuth Fire Department recorded its second most calls for service in 10 years in 2017.

  The firefighters logged 142 alarms last year, including three fire runs last week.

  The final run of year came shortly after midnight on Friday, December 29, a mutual aid request from the Clio Area Fire Department.

  The FFD assisted on two-story, fully-engulfed house fire in the 2100 block of Willard Road – at the Saginaw-Genesee county line.  A tender was requested and the squad for additional personnel. Six FFD firefighters responded to the scene, clearing just after 5am. Overall, nine personnel reported to the station.

  The home and attached garage appeared to be a total loss, FFD Captain Dan Schneirla said. No one was injured and the cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

  The 140th alarm of 2017 took place shortly before 3am on Wednesday, December 27. The local department responded to the 500 block of South Main Street for a sprinkler water flow alarm at a retail shop.

  �ter a lengthy search of the three levels of the building, it appears that the system malfunctioned and caused water to flow,” FFD Chief Phil Kerns said.

  Although there was no damage, crews were on the scene nearly 90 minutes. Engine No. 1 and Truck No. 3 responded with nine personnel, with 13 total firefighters visiting the station.

   Shortly after 4am on Thursday, December 28, Frankenmuth was called to the 500 block of Groveland Drive for smoke in the upstairs of a condominium unit.

  Upon arrival, the firefighters observed a haze of light smoke in the second floor of the two-story condo, which woke its occupants.

  A search of the unit, as well as neighboring condos, determined that a malfunctioning furnace overheated. When it did, the motor likely blew some smoke through the duct work before it shut down, Kerns said.

  “This was an initial scare for the residents, being there wasn’t enough smoke inside the unit to cause the smoke detectors to alarm, however, they could see and smell smoke,” Kerns advised.

  The FFD was assisted by the Frankenmuth Police Department, Michigan State Police and MMR Ambulance Service. Engine No. 1, Engine No. 2, Truck No. 3 and Brush No. 7 responded with 18 personnel. A total of 19 traveled to the station. The units cleared after 5am.

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