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March 18, 2014

Slick roads hinder firefighters

Slick roads hinder firefighters

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department personnel had to leave equipment on Hobbs Highway while firefighters combated a fire on adjacent Greilick Road in East Bay Township.

No one was hurt in Sunday night’s chimney fire, but firefighters struggled with slick roads.

“Yesterday was just a perfect storm where even though it was cold, the sun was out all day and it got some melt. It froze everything just like a skating rink,” said Metro Fire Chief Patrick Parker. “If it had been a full-blown, through-the-roof structure fire, we probably would have had some difficulty getting back in there.”

But the chimney fire wasn’t serious and member of the fire department called someone from the Grand Traverse County Road Commission to put down some sand, Parker said.

The fire department fielded another type of call altogether that night.

People near Mitchell Creek and Three Mile Road called the department with concerns that the nearby woods were on fire.

But it was just the full moon peeking through the trees, which Parker said didn’t really resemble a fire at all.

“I think maybe it was St. Patrick’s day and green beer,” Parker said.

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