Detroit firefighter injured in apartment fire
A Detroit firefighter injured his right shoulder early Thursday fighting a blaze at an apartment building on the city’s west side, the city confirmed.
The 28-year lieutenant veteran was injured around 2:05 a.m. on the 19200 block of Telegraph Road, officials said. Three residents in the apartment building also were injured but are expected to make full recoveries, Fire Executive Commissioner Eric Jones said.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than 90 minutes fighting the fire, which appeared to have been caused by cigarette smoking, Jones said.
“The cause is undetermined but it’s leading toward accidental because there are some indications there was some careless smoking,” he said. “Somebody fell asleep with a cigarette. Arson is talking to witnesses and doing their investigation.”
Jones said it remained unclear if any of the victims was the smoker possibly responsible for the fire.
The three injured residents are an 88-year-old woman, an 82-year-old man, and a 52-year-old woman, officials said. They were sent to Detroit Receiving Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, Jones said.
The 88-year-old victim has since been released, while the others remained hospitalized in stable condition early Thursday afternoon. They were expected to be released later Thursday after speaking with a social worker, Jones said. It remained unclear why the social worker was involved, he added.
Meanwhile, the injured firefighter returned home and will be re-evaluated Monday by an orthopedic doctor, Jones said. He is expected to be able to return to work after his recovery.