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Crews battle blaze at condo complex in Fraser

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Fire crews from nine communities and the Selfridge base battled a blaze that broke out Tuesday night at a condominium complex on the Roseville-Fraser border.

The three-alarm fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. in the 18500 block of Masonic, near Kelly, said Roseville Fire Capt. Michael Roarty. No injuries were reported. At least eight families fled to safety, said Lt. Dan Kolke of the Fraser Public Safety Department.

Firefighters from both communities as well as Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Warren, Eastpointe, Utica, Mount Clemens and Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township responded, said Kolke.

When Fraser crews arrived, he said, the fire was “already coming through the roof” of the 16-unit complex.

Four upper units were burned, while four below had water damage, Kolke said. Though a firewall separated the remaining eight, investigators are expected Wednesday to determine if the residents there can return, he said.

All the residents escaped, Kolke said. “Our guys did a good job. ... It could have been a lot worse.”

Roseville firefighters also rescued a dog from one of the units, Roarty said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation; based on preliminary statements from a resident, “we think it may be careless cooking,” Kolke said.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross, Southeast Michigan chapter were interviewing residents late Tuesday to determine if they needed help with food, clothing or temporary housing, said Gary Krupczak, a public affairs representative.

Those affected and seeking aid are asked to call the Red Cross at 1-800-774-6066.