The fire was extinguished by 8 a.m. Thursday and crews began to put out isolated hot spots. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
Grosse Ile Township — The body of an 86-year-old woman was found inside one of two condominiums burned in an early morning fire Thursday.
Fire crews and police responded to a call of a fire at the Hawthorne Glen condominium complex at about 4:53 a.m., according to Fire Chief Duncan Murdock.
“The fire was in the basement and first floor,” Murdock said. “It was well-advanced by the time we arrived on the scene.”
The fire was extinguished by 8 a.m. and crews began to put out isolated hot spots.
They also began their search of the rubble for a possible victim. The body was recovered around 9:30 a.m. at the complex, located in the 26200 block of James Drive.
The fire also forced the closure of Meridian Elementary, just south of the condominiums. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Members of the arson task force have been called to assist in the investigation.
The woman’s identity is not being released pending notification of her family.