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In two seperate incidents over the last 5 days four of the WMPORN repeaters have been threatened by fire.

On Saturday May 24, just past 1pm Firefighters were dispatched to the site of the WD8EMD and N8WKM Repeaters. Both repeaters remained on the air during the fire in which one resident in the building lost his life.

 
 

On Thursday May 29, at roughly 11am a larger and more potentially disastrous fire was set when an Aeromed helicopter using the helipad on top of the 11th floor of Spectrum Health, hit the side of the penthouse where the K8SN 442.175 and 224.760 Repeaters are located then crashed to the helipad below.

 

Patients and employees needed to be evacuated as leaking aviation fuel began to burn on the helipad above the Pediatrics ICU area. Kent County Emergency Services Team was placed into action to help with communications in the massive effort needed to evacuate the largest hospital in West Michigan. During the entire incident both repeaters threatened by this fire continued to operate and in fact were in use by the Emergency Services Teams during the event.

Original reports indicated that the helicopter tail rotor hit "a radio tower". As can be seen in the larger version of the picture below (click the picture for the larger version) the tower sustained no damage. Though it is hard to tell from this photo, that tower is at least 10 feet from the edge of the building, and all of the antennas to the right are set back close to 2 feet from the edge. We may never know exactly what happened but I can assure you that the helicopter did not hit that tower, or any of the antennas.

Looking at the larger version of the picture it is very evident from the massive slices on the wall that the main rotor at some point made contact with the wall. The dark things that you see protruding from the wall are the lights for the helipad, except for the one at the top left edge of that wall that is a security camera.

The good news is that despite the fire and all of the damage, there was no loss of life attributed to this event, and the pilot and passenger walked away with minor injuries.







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