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Water Pumped in from Detroit River Proved Pivotal in Fighting Fire at LTB's

The Detroit Fire Department sent in its fire boat to pull water from the river to fight blaze at Wyandotte's Lions & Tigers & Beers Sports Club.

When Wyandotte's water supply started to get low Sunday night, emergency crews didn't have to look far for the assistance needed to help at .

All they had to do was look to the rear of the building at the Detroit River.

"People talk about the water in the Detroit River, but it worked to our advantage this time," Wyandotte Mayor Joseph Peterson said. "It’s going to help save blocks of our city. Having the water was a plus."

Using large 5-inch lines, Brownstown firefighters pumped water in from the Detroit River to battle the blaze from the rear of the building.

The Detroit Fire Department also sent in its fire boat to pump water from the river onto the blaze.

Senior Chief Mike Gallo of the Detroit Fire Department said this was the first time in his 40 years on the job that he knew of the fire boat coming to the aid of a Downriver community. 

And what timing.

The boat was out of service and was just put back in last week, he said. Because it's working off just a single motor, it took about a half-hour for the boat to make its way down the river and into Wyandotte.

Once here, though, it proved pivotal by pumping water through 5-inch lines to two platforms, and then to the aerial trucks. 

"The problem with the fire is that after all the water was put on it, the roof collapsed, making it even more difficult to fight the fire," Gallo said.

A brick firewall helped contain the blaze to the single building, he said. On past runs, he said, he's seen cases where fire will make its way through holes in the brick and into other adjacent buildings.

Merchandise is another matter, however. Smoke and water damage to several neighboring businesses could be severe. More will be known once the owners get inside to survey the damage.

David Hall, owner of , has already made that trip and it wasn't a good one.

"All my merchandise is a total loss," he said.

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T. Blessing June 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Thank you to all the fire and rescue personnel who battled this blaze. Even though we have temporarily lost a vital business, we are grateful for saving the rest of the block. I have many friends who work or own businesses downtown Wyandotte and am praying they all will recover from this.
Art Zasadny June 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Great work everyone! Be safe and we really appreciate the work the FD does for us!!
Estella Jane Johnson June 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I send out my thoughts and prays to the owners of LTB. So sorry for your lose. I send my thanks to all the fire fighters who did such a good job at saving the other businesses around LTB.
KATHY SLACK June 12, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Dave Hall...I pray you can rebuild too!!!
Richard Nowakowski June 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Happy to read an article Screw Facebook , Twitter, and the rest of the so called editorials. It now takes 3-5 minutes to get through all the useless crap before I can get to a news article!!

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