Apartment fire results in 2 injuries

Unattended stove blamed

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 14, 2020

 Firefighters battled a blaze at the Kingsley Apartments in Sterling Heights.

Firefighters battled a blaze at the Kingsley Apartments in Sterling Heights.

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Sterling Heights public safety officials are warning people to be careful when cooking after a second-floor apartment fire resulted in two injuries.

The Sterling Heights Fire Department reportedly sprang into action just before 5:15 a.m. Sept. 10 in response to a fire at the Kingsley Apartments, 34800 Moravian Road in Sterling Heights. Crews from four Sterling Heights Fire Department fire stations reportedly assembled to quell the fire. 

“They had about a three-minute response time, and the fire was under control about four or five minutes after they arrived,” Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin said.

The Fire Department reported that the incident caused severe damage to the apartment unit that was the source of the fire, plus resulting water damage to the apartment beneath it. The fire itself didn’t spread to other units, Martin said.

Martin said the smoke detectors in the apartment were functioning, which helped residents evacuate and stay safe. But he cautioned the public about being vigilant around fires, adding that the fire was linked to an operating stovetop not being monitored. He called that a dangerous and frequent cause of house fires.

Martin recommended having a plan in case a pot or a meal catches flame, whether it means having a lid handy or a fire extinguisher rated for kitchens.

“Never walk away from a pot cooking on the stove, especially if you’re cooking with oil,” he added. “Never try and move the pot from the stove to bring outside. … The oil is going to spill out and burn you.”

According to the Fire Department, the fire injured two occupants in the apartment who were reportedly  trying to put out the fire, and one of them was reportedly hospitalized at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital for burns deemed to be not life-threatening.

Find out more about the Sterling Heights Fire Department by calling (586) 446-2950.

Call Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at (586) 498-1058.