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St. Clair Shores

No one injured in apartment fire

May 14, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Firefighters contained a two-alarm apartment blaze to just one unit at the Shore Club complex the evening of May 2.

Fire Marshal M. Bodnar of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department said firefighters were dispatched at 7:23 p.m. May 2 to a fire on the second floor of a 12-unit complex at Shore Club Apartments, 200 Shore Club Drive.

“The fire was contained to the upstairs unit with aggressive fire operations,” Bodnar said.

A second alarm was called with units from Harrison Township, Roseville, Eastpointe and Warren coming in to help. Sterling Heights units responded to staff the station while firefighters were on the scene.

All residents were able to be evacuated, and there were no injuries reported among civilians or firefighters.

Shore Club Apartments complex consists of 304 units spread among the skytower, which holds 96 units; 128 garden apartments in 12-unit, two-story buildings; 51 skyhouses; and 29 multi-level townhomes; plus a marina.

Shore Club General Manager Louise Jannetta said the fire was contained to one unit in a garden apartment building, with three other units sustaining water damage. The Fire Department had to cut gas and electricity to the building to fight the flames. Jannetta said Shore Club was able to relocate all of the residents that night to local hotels.

“Eight of those apartments’ residents were able to return to their homes on Saturday,” she said May 6. “We still have four apartments where those residents continue to be displaced. We’re working with them.

“I know if it happens again here, we would do the same thing. We all felt that we were going to make sure that our residents were somewhere safe.”

Staff  and neighbors worked together to help those evacuated by the blaze, she said, with some bringing blankets and local residents with medical training working quickly to assist those in need. The quick response of the Fire Department was appreciated, as well.

“In a tragic event like a fire, it’s nice to see a sense of community and even humanity, and that expression was evident with the Shore Club residents,” she said. “We will restore those units and hopefully get those residents back into their homes as quickly as possible.”

Bodnar said the fire is still under investigation but appeared to have begun on the exterior of the building.

“Firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire to one unit. It did get into the attic, but they were aggressive; they made a good stop of the fire in the attic,” she said.

Jannetta said there were no damage estimates available yet. She expects the insurance company to take weeks to determine that number.

The other eight units sustained smoke damage that will also be repaired.

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