Early morning storm conditions keep Grayling firefighters busy
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
High wind gusts and downed power lines had Grayling Fire Department firefighters responding to back-to-back calls on Wednesday, May 18.
The Grayling Fire Department was dispatched to a call for downed power lines on Chestnut Street in the City of Grayling around 3:18 a.m.
While responding to that call, more fallen power lines were reported on Park Street and Smith Street in the city.
Then, a primary power line was reported to be down on Tanner Trail in Grayling Charter Township.
Next, another primary power line was knocked down and caught on fire at Camp AuSable.
Firefighters monitored the lines until Consumers Energy crews came and cut the supply of power to the line.
“It was just sizzling and smoking,” said Grayling Fire Department Chief Russell H. Strohpaul Jr.
Around 4:58 a.m., a house fire was reported on Richardson Road. The home is owned by Donna Wakeley, and the fire resulted in a total loss of the structure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Strohpaul said.
After clearing the scene of the house fire, firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Days Inn in the City of Grayling at 10:30 a.m. Brownout power conditions caused a valve to release water into the building’s fire suppression system. Water filled the pipes in the system, but was not released through sprinklers.
The water will eventually have to be removed from the system.
“It just an extra step for the Days Inn,” Strohpaul said.