Wood Smoke Stories

Cancer with wood smoke

Rochester, Michigan. I put up a fight to get the neighbors’ wood smoke off our property. It took a long time, and the constant exposure in the city from both outdoor fire pit and a chimney from a fireplace where it does not even clear the highest point of the roof as it was placed on a low 30 degree add-on. Well…

Through the court mediation smoke was stopped, but then new owners and they didn’t care…

Make a long story short, my husband is end stage cancer from the wood smoke. The carcinogens and benzene… We are a green property. Never used chemicals or weed killers etc. and never burned wood, and it is directly linked to the wood smoke exposure we were forced to breathe on our property that would seep into our house. After long periods of burning, he would feel it.

At times, we notified the police, fire and Mayor as we had to leave our property as it was creeping so bad inside our house in winter after midnight and we were made sick. The fire department even came out and said our windows and doors were well sealed and the smoke was coming down from that neighbor and not ascending as people assume. Our insurance company came out and verified soot even from their burning on the side of our house. So we pay the price for ignorance, poor ordinance, years of fighting for our property rights, the stress, the duress, the financial burdens, and now the physical death of my husband due to this…

The houses are built on top of each other, but this ignorant city assumes smoke ascends although they saw it many times coming straight down, and many times saw the embers and many times the fire department stopped it.

Wood burning needs to stop. Use the wood, make paper…

And people need to keep it in their own lungs and suffer for their own actions and not foist it on innocent people. They took a life away.  We live below these two houses, and they are adjacent to our property—one in back and one on the side. I do not wish this on any person save those that burn.

Patricia
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