Blaze rips through Auburn Hills apartment building

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — An early morning fire at an apartment building required a massive, multi-municipal response, displaced residents and left one firefighter injured, authorities said.

The four-alarm fire started at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday on the 2600 block of Beacon Hill in an apartment building with 16 units. It was the deck of an apartment near the middle of the building that was first reported to be on fire. Beacon Hill Apartments are, according to its website, which is across the street from Oakland University. The building that burned was one of 28 on the grounds, an employee said.

An early morning fire an at Auburn Hills apartment building displaced its residents and left one firefighter injured Tuesday.

In the end, the fire spread to "multiple apartments on three separate levels," the statement said. It required the assistance of firefighters from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Troy as well as Orion, Independence, Oakland, Waterford and Bloomfield townships.

Six of the 16 units "suffered heavy fire and water damage," the statement said, and the other 10 all sustained smoke damage, water damage, or both. While one of the units was being rehabbed, Auburn Hills Fire Chief James Manning said, none of the 16 are inhabitable at this point.

Displaced residents will be placed in corporate housing, the employee of the complex said, which will be furnished.

An early morning fire at an Auburn Hills apartment building required a massive, multi-municipal response, will displace its residents, and left one firefighter injured, authorities said.

Firefighters had largely knocked the blaze down by 7:30 a.m., and spent about another hour attacking hotspots, Manning told The News.

An Auburn Hills firefighter hurt his knee while working and was transported to a hospital. He's since been released, but Manning said he will get some off-duty time to heal.

The fire is being investigated.

jdickson@detroitnews.com