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Dryer fire draws FFD to Covenant Glen facility

  A report of a dining hall on fire brought the Frankenmuth Fire Department to Covenant Glen, 1040 Covenant Drive, last week.

  The alarm was activated at 9:30am Wednesday, January 13, with Engine 1, Engine 2, Truck 3 and Brush 7 responding to the scene.

  FFD Chief Phil Kerns said upon arrival, firefighters discovered smokey conditions in the former memory care wing, which was unoccupied, resulting from a dryer fire.

  “Staffing first noticed the smoke in the adjacent dining room area and quickly called 911,” Kerns said.

  FFD Assistant Chief Phil Haubenstricker reported that a pillow top mattress cover started on fire in the dryer as it was being heated and dried.

  “The fire was contained to the dryer hopper and the sprinkler head inside the room didn’t activate, however, the smoke did set off the building’s fire alarm and the fire separation doors inside the facility closed and compartmentalized the building, as designed,” Haubenstricker stated.

  Kerns said there were no reported injuries. Birch Run Fire Department’s Engine 3 was requested for mutual aid with their ventilation fan to assist FFD units with pressurizing the large building to get as much of the smoke out as possible. A fire restoration contractor was also called to further clear the building of the smoke.

  A total of 25 FFD personnel reported to the station and were assisted by Frankenmuth Police officers. The firefighters cleared around 11am. Birch Run brought five firefighters to the scene.

  In other FFD news, fire personnel stood by at last Saturday afternoon’s MHSAA Division 5 state semifinal game between Frankenmuth and Lansing Catholic Central. The FPD and MMR Ambulance Service were also at the game.

  The local firefighters participated in a basement fire training exercise last week. The training was sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories and their fire science research team.

(c) 2006 Frankenmuth News