LODD – Crews Recover Body of Wayne-Westland Firefighter Brian Woehlke After Building Collapse at Michigan Strip Mall Fire

UPDATED: 1600 hours 


The body of a Wayne Westland firefighter has been recovered from a blaze at a pair of businesses in a Westland strip mall today.

Brian Woehlke, 29, was found today, said Deputy Fire Chief Rob Arbini. Woehlke had been a firefighter for 10 months, Arbini said.

Mayor William Wild said he received notification of Woehlke’s recovery at about 12:40 p.m. No additional information was released.

Statement from Westland Mayor William Wild courtesy WDIV.com:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our Westland firefighters who died in the line of duty this morning. He dedicated his life to protecting the residents of Wayne and Westland and this is a terrible loss for the firefighter’s family and our entire community. This tragedy is a reminder to us all of the sacrifice that firefighters make along with their family and friends every single day.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends, as well as the first responders of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department, who are mourning the loss of  fellow firefighter, Brian Woehlke.  Woehlke, 29, a Dearborn resident who was married and the father of one, had been a member of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department for ten (10) months. We are forever appreciative for the brave men and women of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department who put their lives on the line every day.”

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UPDATED: 1415 hours


Crews have recovered the body of a Wayne-Westland firefighter who triggered his distress signal while battling flames inside a Westland poker hall Wednesday.

FOX 2’s Alex Wiley says crews discovered the body among the wreckage at the Electric Stick charity poker hall in the 6500 block of North Wayne Road.

A Firefighter is missing after a collapse at a strip mall fire this morning outside of Detroit, Michigan. Crews are on scene searching for the missing firefighter.

We will update with further information as it is available.


A search and rescue team is searching for a firefighter who went missing after a roof collapsed to the burning strip mall.

Wayne-Westland Deputy Fire Chief Robert Arbini tells WWJ-AM that searchers are doing what’s needed “to find that person.”

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