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4 GR firefighters hurt during overnight house fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four firefighters were hurt after a fire caused a partial collapse overnight on the city's northwest side.

Dispatchers say reports of smoke came in just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. It happened on Lexington Avenue between Bridge Street and Lake Michigan Drive.

The firefighters who were hurt were taken to the hospital and have since been released. An updated statement from the Grand Rapids Fire Department indicated four fighters were injured, rather than two as first reported.

Damage is estimated at more than $600,000.

There's still no word on what caused that fire.


Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Grand Rapids employees collect water for Flint


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Members of the Grand Rapids Employees Independent Union held a water drive Saturday to collect fresh drinking water for Flint residents.

“It’s important to us as city employees that produce water for West Michigan, clean safe drinking water, for us to step up to the plate and do something right for Flint,” said Doug Bentz, the event organizer.

President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint on Saturday, releasing federal financial aid and assistance to help with this man-made public health crisis.

Missing Grand Rapids woman, 40, found safe


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department say they have located Ma-Josefina Ramirez-Munoz.

The 40-year-old woman was considered missing and endangered by the GRPD. Ramirez-Munoz left her home on Dorchester Ave SW on Sunday afternoon. She had not been seen since and suffers from mental illness.

Ramirez-Munoz was last seen wearing a black coat, gray sweater and black dress pants. She may be carrying a white plastic grocery bag containing her medicine.

10 car accident reported in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Up to ten vehicles were reported to be involved in an accident on Grand Rapids' Northwest side Tuesday morning.

Grand Rapids police told WZZM 13 the accident was called in around 8 a.m. on Lake Michigan Drive at Maynard Ave.

Fundraiser held to help Mitten brewer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A fundraiser Thursday night collected money to help a popular West Michigan brewer recover after he was badly hurt in an accident.

The Mitten's Alexander Atkin was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Guatemala in late November.

Half of the money from food sales Thursday night at the Mitten is going to help Atkin. There was also a silent auction and live music.