Two injured in Detroit apartment fire

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A man and woman were injured early Friday at an apartment fire in southwest Detroit, according to city and fire officials.

Crews responded at 1:13 a.m. to a 911 call from the 2500 block of Junction near Plumer, according to a city report released to The Detroit News. First responders arrived moments later and found a 30-year-old woman suffering from “major smoke inhalation.”

“There was a male jumper; he alerted firefighters to the female who was still inside,” Arson Chief Pat McNulty said early Friday.

The woman was rushed to Detroit Receiving where she is in serious but stable condition Friday afternoon, according to hospital officials.

The 49-year-old man also was hospitalized with minor burns to his hands, city officials said. He was found walking near the 1500 block of West Fort, about three miles from the fire scene.

“We interviewed him at the hospital,” McNulty said Friday afternoon. “He just said they’d only been living there like five days and they woke up to smoke. That’s all we really have to go on right now.”

The apartment inhabited by the two injured victims is located above a vacant storefront, McNulty said. A second couple also lives at the address, but it remained unclear early Friday if it was the same residence or a second unit. That pair was not home at the time of the fire.

“We’re still trying to find the other two who supposedly live there,” McNulty said Friday afternoon.

The scene was cleared shortly before 3 a.m., officials said. The cause of the fire was remained undetermined Friday afternoon.

Investigators are looking into possible arson as a routine matter, McNulty said earlier Friday.

“We have to rule it out,” he said of all fires with unknown origins.

Officials also are looking into a possible link between Friday morning’s fire and a similar incident about three weeks ago, McNulty said. The chief did not have many details about the earlier fire but said it also broke out in apartments above a storefront.

“There’s a bar at that (earlier) location that closed at 3 a.m., about the same time the fire broke out,” McNulty said. “There seems to be some activity that’s happening at that time of night.”

(313) 223-4616