8 families displaced in Dearborn Heights apartment fire

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

Dearborn Heights — Eight families have been displaced after a fire ripped through the attic of Carriage Hill Apartments early Friday.

Fire officials say all residents in the building escaped without injury. An initial investigation showed the fire may have started in a bathroom fan of an upstairs unit, Fire Chief Dave Brogan said.

Eight units on both the first and second floor suffered water and smoke damage. The fire was reported about 6 a.m. and crews were still putting out hot spots two hours later.

Nicole Brown, who lives in the building that caught fire, said she woke up to the smell of smoke and neighbors in the hallway. She grabbed her three children and ran out of her apartment right away.

"I was panicking because I had to make sure my kids were OK," Brown said.

Tisa Bradley, a resident on the first floor of the building, said the fire trucks outside of her window woke her up. She screamed her 18-year-old daughter's name and ran to get her dog and they all escaped.

"I didn't hear a door, I didn't hear a buzzer, I heard nothing," Bradley said, "The only thing that woke me up was the sound of a fire engine."

The complex is located at the corner of Westphal and Cherry Hill.