Two fires damage attached condos
January 28, 2013
WARREN —Fire officials said there were no serious injuries but that five families were displaced after two fires damaged a group of attached condos near 12 Mile and Hayes Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.
According to Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams, firefighters were first dispatched to the condos in the 29400 block of Eldorado at 5:27 p.m. Jan. 25 where they discovered a fire in an upper bedroom of a unit.
McAdams said the fire was quickly brought under control, but that one resident reported a smoke-related injury.
Units reportedly left the scene after about an hour but were called back at 6:54 a.m. Jan. 26 to battle a second fire at the same group of condos.
“On this fire we found three units fully involved,” McAdams said. “Fire was racing across the attic, the common attic of three of the units, and heavy smoke and fire was showing in two of the three units.
“Four of the six units are unoccupied as a result of the fire. There was heavy fire and smoke damage to four of the units and smoke and water damage to the fifth unit, and some light smoke damage to the other end unit on the far right,” McAdams said.
One of the units was reportedly vacant and four of the remaining five condos were unoccupied as a result of the first fire when the second blaze broke out.
No one in the one occupied unit was injured in the second fire.
McAdams said the exact cause of the fires remained undetermined as of Jan. 28 but that the sources of ignition, while possibly related, took place in separate areas of the condos.
The fires were not labeled suspicious in any way. McAdams suggested they could have been the result of an electrical problem.
About the author
Staff Writer Brian Louwers covers the cities of Warren and Center Line. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 1998 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In his free time, he participates in the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and conducts interviews with military veterans for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
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