Officials: 1 dead in east-side fire, others injured

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A man was killed and another jumped from a second-floor window to escape an east-side fire Thursday morning that injured four other people, including a firefighter responding to the scene, according to officials.

Sgt. David Sanders, foreground, and Detective James Kraszewski of the Detroit Police Department arson unit leave a house Thursday where a fire left one dead on the 3500 block of Rohns in Detroit.

Three people had escaped the heavy blaze when firefighters arrived around 8:15 a.m. on the 3500 block of Rohns near Mack, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said. Two others were trapped inside, unconscious.

“The firefighters went in and pulled two people out of the building. They were on the first floor,” Fornell said. “(Firefighters) initiated CPR and transported all the victims to Detroit Receiving Hospital.”

One 50-year-old man who was trapped inside the home was declared dead at the hospital, Fornell said. A 55-year-old woman also found inside the home was “extremely critical” with burns and smoke inhalation.

“She still has a pulse,” Fornell said.

Of the three victims who escaped the building, one 18-year-old woman jumped from a second-floor window and was hospitalized in critical condition, Fornell said.

Two others, a 40-year-old man and 56-year-old woman, made it out a back door. They also were hospitalized but their injuries were not considered to be as severe.

Officials earlier reported that the 40-year-old man jumped from the window.

Meanwhile, a firefighter was transported to St. John Hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to be OK, Fornell said.

The fire was believed to have ignited on the first floor and was not considered suspicious early Thursday afternoon, Fornell said. The exact cause remained under investigation.

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