1 hospital keep, 24 evicted after a hearth in Detroit condo constructing – WSVN 7News | Detroit Information, Climate, Sports activities
Detroit (WSVN) – One person was rushed to the hospital and two dozen people were left home after a fire broke out in a Detroit apartment building.
Detroit City Police and Fire Services responded to the scene of the Code 1 fire near the corner of Northwest 11th Avenue and Sixth Street on Friday night.
“When we arrived we encountered heavy smoke and flames that could be seen from the second floor of a two-story building and also from the roof,” said Pete Sanchez, Lt. by Detroit Fire Rescue.
Officials said the fire started at 7 p.m.
The neighbors were helping each other evacuate when flames broke through the 11 units on the property.
Officials said an adult was rushed to the hospital with a minor leg injury.
Firefighters rescued a teenager who was trapped in a unit within minutes.
“We were able to leave the building safely. He didn’t need treatment or transportation, ”said Sanchez.
Firefighters have since put out the flames. Officials said all units were affected.
Images sent by Detroit Fire Rescue show water and fire damage in the charred units. Officials have classified the building as uninhabitable.
Detroit Fire Rescue officials initially said 17 people had been displaced, but on Saturday American Red Cross officials said 24 people were burned from their homes, including three children.
7News cameras captured residents standing on the street in front of the building, some with blankets or towels over their shoulders, with the few items they could grab.
The Red Cross responded to the scene to help the affected families find shelter.
The crews searched the building to make sure there were no more hotspots.
“I don’t think anyone will be able to go in tonight. That’s why the Red Cross is here to help them,” said Sanchez.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
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