Apartment fire remains under review

Electrical issue suspected

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 13, 2019

 The origin of a fire at the Warren Woods Apartment Homes, near Ryan and Frazho roads, was listed in an incident report as undetermined May 9.

The origin of a fire at the Warren Woods Apartment Homes, near Ryan and Frazho roads, was listed in an incident report as undetermined May 9.

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — A fire that reportedly caused $250,000 in structural damage to an apartment building near Frazho and Ryan roads May 5 officially remained under investigation after four days, but investigators pointed to an electrical issue as the most likely cause.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the building at the Warren Woods Apartment Homes, 4193 Frazho Road, at 11:29 a.m. May 5. They reportedly arrived five minutes later, after dispatch took several 911 calls.

“Crews arrived to find fire and smoke, heavy smoke coming from the attic and the upper level of the apartment building, an eight-unit building,” McAdams said. “Most of the fire was in the attic. It hadn’t spread to the apartment upon our arrival. Two apartments suffered smoke and water damage to the units immediately below the fire, but it was mostly in the attic space.”

McAdams said firefighters had the fire under control by 1 p.m., and that the last crews cleared the scene at 2:02 p.m. There were no injuries to civilians and none reported among the responding firefighters.

The origin of the fire was listed in an incident report as undetermined May 9. The structure was at least temporarily declared unsafe pending inspection by the city’s Division of Buildings and Safety Engineering.