3 firefighters injured at Grosse Pointe Park blaze

Holly Fournier and Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Grosse Pointe Park — Three firefighters were injured Sunday night after flames engulfed two Grosse Pointe Park businesses, officials said.

One firefighter suffered a sprained ankle and two other were temporarily downed with smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at about 11 p.m at the Sunrise Saloon and Rock N Rice, a new boutique cycling studio.

The businesses are at Charlevoix and Beaconsfield, according to Public Safety Director Dave Hiller.

“We got the call shortly after the bar closed at about 10 p.m.,” Hiller said. “The windows and doors were hot, which was a real concern. We forced entry and tried to do an interior attack but the fire was in the roof above our heads.

“It collapsed and we then moved to an extensive exterior attack.”

According to Hiller, the fires in the two buildings were intense and were posing a threat to a home located a few feet away in back of the structures.

“It was a grave concern to us,” Hiller said. “We set up water curtains (the spray from a hose is set to create a “fog” of water) between the house and the buildings. We kept it that way for three or four hours and in the end the house suffered only a small amount of smoke damage.”

As firefighters dealt with injuries and growing flames, an individual was also spotted allegedly stealing equipment from the scene, according to Sgt. Joseph Srebernak.

“Passersby witnessed it and notified the police,” he said. “They’re investigating that now.”

Hiller said detectives were seeking warrants against the individual and that more information on the incident would likely be released on Tuesday.

Firefighters were still on the scene at 8:30 a.m. Monday, dousing hotspots and set to begin an investigation into the ause of the fire.

tgreenwood@detroitnews.com

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