Detroit’s first responders were honored at an awards ceremony recently for their heroic efforts battling two major fires in the Islandview community just before Christmas.
A fire broke out around 5 a.m. Dec. 23 near E. Lafayette Street and E. Grand Boulevard at a vacant storage warehouse on the city’s East side. More than 65 Detroit Fire Department firefighters and other first responders were at the scene working to extinguish the blaze as heavy winds and cold weather temperatures made the fires harder to control.
Twenty-three residents from a neighboring apartment building were evacuated to safety to avoid potential health risks from the smoke. No injuries were reported.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Church of the Messiah Pastor Rev. Barry Randolph to thank the firefighters, homeland security and city officials involved in the efforts.
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