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1 dead after Westland apartment fire

The Detroit News

One person died Sunday in a blaze at a Westland apartment complex, the police department said.

A fire at Willow Creek Apartments and Townhouses claimed the life of a disabled 68-year-old woman. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) identified the victim as Verlene Johnson, who was blind and used a wheelchair.

A witness told the station that the complex, off Newburgh Road between Ford and Marquette , is largely populated by seniors. A police officer and a firefighter on the scene were treated for smoke inhalation.

Westland police said the blaze remains under investigation.