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A fire has caused significant damage to the western Michigan home of Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Lisa Posthumus Lyons.

The campaign of Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette says that all family members were safe following Sunday's fire in the Kent County community of Alto. A statement says Lyons' childhood home is "likely to be a total loss" following the fire, which started in the garage.

Schuette campaign spokesman John Sellek tells The Detroit News there's no sign of foul play.

Muskegon firefighters out of a job under proposal

Jun 5, 2018

Details of the proposed Muskegon Fire Department takeover by the City of Muskegon Heights were unveiled Monday evening. Muskegon Heights City Manager Jake Eckholm and Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean presented the details Monday to the City Commission. Proposal details include a 10-year service contract with Muskegon, at a cost of $3.6 million per year for the first three years that would provide emergency reponse to the city. 

Meanwhile, local firefighters are rejecting the proposal, citing a number of logistical and safety issues the takeover would create.

Authorities say a fire that burned bathrooms at a roadside park in southwestern Michigan has been ruled arson.

The Berrien County sheriff's department says in a statement Wednesday that the fire was reported Friday night at the park in Bainbridge Township. A passerby had spotted the fire and called 911, saying the bathrooms were fully engulfed in flames.

No injuries were reported.

Police say four people, including two children, have died in a fire at a home in a suburb of Detroit. Michigan State Police say two other people were seriously injured in the fire early Tuesday in Oakland County's Rose Township.

Police say the injured were taken to a hospital for treatment and at least one had severe burns. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known. Lt. Mike Shaw, a state police spokesman, says in an email that authorities are waiting for the fire to be extinguished before moving ahead with an investigation.

Authorities say more than 30 dogs and cats have died following a fire at a mid-Michigan home that served as an animal rescue. Ingham County Animal Control Director John Dinon tells the Lansing State Journal that the bodies of 16 dogs and 18 cats were recovered from the home following the Tuesday night fire in Onondaga Township, located south of Lansing.

A firefighter received minor injuries after the ceiling of a burning southwestern Michigan home collapsed. Other Kalamazoo firefighters were on the second floor of the house when the ceiling fell early Wednesday morning.

Debris blocked their exits, forcing the firefighters to climb down ladders outside the house to safety. A sergeant first spotted the fire while on patrol about 1 a.m.

The blaze is under investigation.

A man who pleaded guilty to setting a fire that killed 13 horses in western Michigan has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years at a mental health facility. Payton Mellema learned his punishment Tuesday. He lived near The Barn for Equine Learning in Kent County's Lowell Township, where the horses died in April. The horses were used as therapy for children and young adults with a variety of special needs.

The Michigan Supreme Court is looking at the case of the hot coals. A 10-year-old girl burned her foot on hot coals that couldn't be seen under sand, a day after a Lake Michigan bonfire. The state appeals court said Watervale Inn in Benzie County isn't protected by a law that shields businesses that provide recreation.

Man pleads guilty to fire that killed 13 horses

Sep 22, 2017

A man accused of setting a fire that killed 13 horses has pleaded guilty in western Michigan. Prosecutors say Payton Mellema will spend three years at a mental-health facility under a plea deal reached Thursday in Kent County court. He lived near the Barn for Equine Learning in Lowell Township, where 13 horses died in April. 

The horses were used as therapy for children and young adults with a variety of special needs. Mellema pleaded guilty to arson and animal cruelty charges.

He'll return to court on Oct. 31.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is hoping to launch an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program, but they will need the City Commission’s approval first. The Grand Rapids Fire Department first approached the City Commission in January about the possibility of purchasing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, better known as a drone to assist in 1st response efforts.