Ann Arbor firefighters put out fires at the University of Michigan Hospital

ANN ARBOR, me. – Ann Arbor Fire Department firefighters put out a challenging mechanical fire at the University of Michigan Hospital on Tuesday.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., a fire alarm and a smell of smoke in the hospital were reported to the department. When the fire brigade arrived, they were informed of a fire on the third floor, where no patients live.

The alarm was upgraded when the crews noticed heavy smoke and an active fire in a large ventilation system, the fire department said in a post on Facebook.

Sprinklers on the third floor of the hospital were activated but could not extinguish the fire by themselves. The firefighters deployed a 250-foot high-rise hose line to extinguish the fire and looked for more smoke and fire on the upper floors of the hospital.

“The firefighters did an excellent job on this very challenging fire,” said fire chief Mike Kennedy in a statement.

“We have planned and trained for high-rise fires for the past 18 months and today all that effort has paid off; Our fire brigade worked perfectly. UM Police, UM Hospital Security, UM Hospital Facilities, Ann Arbor Police and HART Huron Valley have all contributed to the successful outcome together with the fire departments for mutual aid. “

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Crews from the Ann Arbor, Scio, Pittsfield, Superior and Northfield fire departments assisted with the alarms as well as the Saline Area Fire Department.

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