Red Cross assists Flint apartment building residents after fire

Flint firefighters responded to a blaze on Tuesday.
Flint firefighters responded to a blaze on Tuesday.(WRDW)
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 4:32 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -Multiple residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross on Tuesday after an early morning fire left their apartment building damaged and unable to be occupied on the south end of Flint.

No serious injuries were reported in the fire at the country Club Manor Apartments along Woodslea Drive. At least four to five occupants were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

That is according to Flint Fire Battalion Chief Ramsey Clapper.

At least two people needed to be rescued by firefighters using ladders, Clapper reports. Others escaped the fire through windows broken out by fellow residents. At least one person jumped to safety.

The call came in around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report multiple people needing to be rescued from the 12-unit building.

The fire’s cause is not known and remains under investigation, Clapper says.

The fire appears to have started in a center stairwell area or an apartment adjacent to that apartment, Clapper adds. Heavy smoke and fire damage are reported.

He is praising residents for their actions in the fire aftermath in helping their fellow apartment neighbors get to safety.

Multiple E-M-S units and law enforcement assisted at the scene in addition to the residents helping one another, Clapper says.

“Everyone did a great job,” he adds. “Everything went well.”

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