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Woodhaven apartment blaze displaces 8 families

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Woodhaven fire officials are working to determine what sparked an apartment blaze that displaced eight families the night before Thanksgiving.

City crews responded about 4 p.m. Wednesday to the two-alarm fire that is believed to have started in a first-floor unit at the Southpointe Square complex on West Road, Fire Chief Mike Clark said.

The flames “went out that bedroom window and spread up to the second floor,” heavily damaging surrounding units in a two-story building, he said. About half of the other units experienced heavy smoke and water damage.

All eight families living at the building near Interstate 75 were displaced, Clark said. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton.

Firefighters from Woodhaven, Flat Rock, Trenton and Brownstown Township battled the blaze. It was extinguished by 10:30 p.m. but the city kept a single engine crew on the scene to tend to hotspots, Clark said.

Meanwhile, Southeastern Michigan American Red Cross Emergency Services helped eight adults and three children there with food, clothing and hotel arrangements for at least one night, said public affairs officer Gary Krupczak.

“It might not seem like a lot, but unless you’ve been involved in something like this, it’s hard to wrap your brain around it,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate.”