Man arrested in Southfield fire that hospitalized woman

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

After an early Monday morning fire that left an elderly woman hospitalized for smoke inhalation in Southfield, a 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the blaze, authorities confirmed.

The fire started about 5 a.m. in the first-floor mail room at a building in Regal Towers, an apartment complex on the 27000 block of Franklin, west of Telegraph.

Southfield Fire Department mobilized an all-hands-on-deck response and was assisted by firefighters from two other communities, said Captain Steve Vazquez.

All five Southfield fire stations responded, along with help from Birmingham, while the Bloomfield Township Fire Department provided staffing to Southfield’s main fire station to serve other runs as firefighters fought the apartment blaze. All told, about 30 people fought the fire.

It took around 45 minutes to extinguish the fire, Vazquez said.

Circumstances of the suspect's arrest were not immediately available, said Southfield deputy police chief Nick Loussia.

An elderly woman, whose age was not immediately available, was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation, but it’s believed to be non-life-threatening, Vazquez said.

The fire was contained to the first floor of the eight-floor building, Vazquez said, but the first floor “took a lot of damage.”