BREAKING: Structure Fire Engulfs Maywood Home; Firefighters Launch Flint Water Drive

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A structure erupts in a home on the 300 block of South 10th Avenue on Feb. 24. || Maywood Fire Department

Thursday, February 25, 2016 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 3:21 PM

A structure fire erupted at around 9:30 AM on Feb. 24, on the 300 block of South 10th Ave., according to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh. There were no injuries reported, he said, although the source of the fire wasn’t discussed.

According to sources, a multi-generational family, so far unidentified, was displaced and are now living in temporary shelter.

More as this story develops.

Maywood firefighters launch water drive to help residents of Flint

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The Maywood Fire Department Union announced at a Feb. 24 village board meeting that it would be launching a water drive for residents of Flint, Michigan.

The announcement comes in the wake of a decision by local and state officials to switch the city’s water source from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River, which resulted in the corrosion of the city’s aging water pipes.

“As firefighters our duty is to protect life and property, but when you simplify it what it really means is that our goal is to help people,” said Maywood firefighter Kevin Kehoe.

“As a department we feel this is a worthy cause and if we come together as a community we have an opportunity to really make a difference for the people of Flint. We’ve been in contact with the Flint Fire Department and some community groups in the area and they have stated that clean water will be needed for quite some time and any donations they receive would be greatly appreciated.”

Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh noted that the water drive is an opportunity that many in the department were looking for since the disaster became publicized across the world.

“Some of us were looking to do a service and wanted to pitch in, so we reached out to some Flint firefighters and they can still use the water,” he said.

Since the announcement of the water drive, village officials have considered merging already existing water drives across Maywood with the fire department’s.

Maywood Trustee Ronald Rivers said his church, along with other organizations and churches throughout the village, are currently working on water drives of their own. He suggested that the entities coordinate their efforts.

“I think this is a wonderful idea,” said Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. “Anytime we can help other people and communities in times of crisis, it’s an excellent thing.”

Any residents interested in donating water can drop packages off to the Maywood Fire Department’s Station No. 1, 700 St. Charles Rd., through the end of March.

“Depending on the response, we would transport the water to the Flint Fire Department sometime after that,” said Kehoe. “If, at some point, we are overwhelmed by the response, we can always go up early and make a second run as needed.”

Kehoe said that residents should only donate packaged water, not money. For more information, call the department’s non-emergency number at (708) 343-5595. VFP

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