Fire prompts evacuation of Westland senior complex

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Westland — At least 10 senior citizens were evacuated and one police officer was hospitalized early Thursday after a fire filled hallways at a senior living complex, according to police.

Police said they were called at around 1:45 a.m. to the Presbyterian Village of Westland on Cherry Hill, west of Merriman to respond to the fire.

The police department helped evacuate 10 to 15 residents, many of whom were not initially awakened by the building’s fire alarms.

It was not immediately clear how many residents may have been evacuated by other agencies responding to the fire.

Officers from the Garden City and Inkster police departments also responded to the scene, along with the Westland Fire Department, according to Westland police.

A police sergeant with Garden City briefly was hospitalized for smoke inhalation on Thursday. He has since been released, police said.

Three other officers also suffered minor injuries at the scene, including a back injury and leg injury. They were not hospitalized.

It was not immediately clear if any residents were injured or where they may have been relocated after the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.