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Fire at McDonald’s

Two Cedar Springs Fire Trucks at McDonald’s Tuesday evening for a grease fire. Post photo L. Allen.
Two Kent County Sheriff vehicles block the entrance at McDonald’s Tuesday evening. Post photo L. Allen.

By Judy Reed

A kitchen fire at the Cedar Springs McDonald’s on 17 Mile Rd Tuesday caused the restaurant to temporarily close their doors.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, the fire, a small grease fire that started in a fryer, was short-lived. 

“It could’ve been a bigger incident, but due to a quick-thinking store manager, who pulled the fryer away from the wall and put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, the fire was out by the time we arrived,” explained Fraser. 

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Fuel spills, causes fire

By Judy Reed

A Nelson Township man was working on a fuel tank in his garage on Sunday, May 12, when gas spilled and ignited, sending the garage up in flames.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, they were toned out to the 7400 block of 16 Mile Rd about 3:27 p.m. A firefighter who lives nearby was on the scene within 5 minutes, and helped the man get a vehicle and a boat out of the three-stall garage.

Fraser said that the garage was unattached so the fire was contained to the structure. The roof came down shortly after they arrived on scene. “It burned hot and quick,” he said.

Courtland and Sand Lake Fire assisted Cedar Springs at the scene.

Fraser said the bulk of the fire was knocked down in about 45 minutes. “With the roof down, it made it harder to get to certain spots,” he noted. They cleared the scene after about 1-1/2 hours.

Fraser wants to remind people when they have a fire, do not attempt to put it out yourself before calling 911. He said that the man threw soapy water on the fire in an effort to extinguish the flames before calling for help.

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Fire Chief sworn in

Fire Chief Marty Fraser. Post photo by J. Reed.

Marty Fraser, recently selected as the new Cedar Springs Fire Chief, was sworn in at the Cedar Springs City Council meeting last week Thursday, April 12.

Police Chief Roger Parent has been serving as interim Fire Chief for the last year, with Fraser serving as Deputy Chief. Fraser is a 35-year veteran of the department and has served in various roles. He has been a first responder since 1990.

Fraser publicly thanked Parent for his help with the department and how he’s helped during this transition.

Parent thanked Fraser, too, saying his 10 months as fire chief would not have been as easy without him.


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