Warren apartment fire displaces 8 families

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Warren Fire Department

An early Wednesday fire has displaced residents of eight apartments in Warren, officials said.

A firefighter also sustained a minor injury while fighting the blaze, Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said.

The fire department received a call about a fire at 3:41 a.m. at the Regency Club Apartment complex located on the corner of Frazho and Hayes roads near Interstate 696 and Groesbeck Highway, he said.

Warren firefighters arrived to find eight apartments on fire.

"Heavy smoke and fire was coming from the building's attic area," McAdams said. 

Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 30 minutes and enter the building, he said. 

A crew found two people on a balcony of one of the units and were able to knock their door down once the building was vented and got them to safety, according to McAdams.

He said none of the residents were injured, but a firefighter received a minor injury on his elbow. The firefighter was taken to a hospital, treated and released, the commissioner said.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

Four second-floor apartments in the building were a total loss and the four units below them were heavily damaged by fire and smoke, McAdams said.

"I don't know if any of their valuables will be salvageable," he said. "Eight families are displaced and pretty much lost everything."

He also said the property's owner was able to relocate the residents of the eight units into other apartments at the complex.