Firefighter injured in blaze

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A fire in the 7200 block of Third Street April 7 left one firefighter with shoulder injuries and the house with structural damage, Fire Chief Jeff Carley said.

The firefighter was treated at Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital for minor shoulder injuries sustained fighting the blaze, which broke out about 6:15 p.m. that day.

Wyandotte and Southgate fire departments sent a combined 16 firefighters to fight the blaze, which took about three hours to extinguish.

The house, built in the 1890s, sustained “significant structural damage” to the kitchen, second-floor bathroom, and rear of the house.

Carley said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

The blaze was the third such large structural blaze in a two-week period. Similar fires took place March 28 in the 400 block of Cedar and April 6 in the 970 block of Maple. Arson was ruled out of each of the fires, but their causes are still officially undetermined.

Carley said the rash of structure fires is unusual for the department, which usually responds to about 40 fires each year, the majority of which involve only the contents of a building.

“This was quite a little stretch there,” Carley said. “To have three significant structure fires and two back-toback like that is outside the norm for us.”