Four upstairs units at Warren Manor on Dequindre Road south of Nine Mile Road were destroyed by fire on May 8. Others were left damaged by smoke and water.

Four upstairs units at Warren Manor on Dequindre Road south of Nine Mile Road were destroyed by fire on May 8. Others were left damaged by smoke and water.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Fire destroys four units, damages others at Warren Manor

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 11, 2021

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WARREN — A fire in the midnight hour ravaged four units and damaged four more at the Warren Manor Apartments on Dequindre Road south of Nine Mile Road on May 8. 

No injuries were reported among civilians or first responders, with the exception of a firefighter who tripped and rolled his ankle.

The exact cause of the fire remained undetermined on May 11 and the investigation was ongoing. 

“They got multiple calls for an apartment fire. Once they showed up, they were met by flames coming up from the upper part of the apartment,” Fire Chief Orrin Ferguson of the Warren Fire Department said. “They saw heavy smoke and flames on arrival.”

Ferguson said Engine 3 was the first piece of equipment to arrive at the scene at 12:24 a.m., where he said firefighters found that all of the residents had already been evacuated from the building. The initial crew entered the structure, where a fire was actively burning on the second floor.

“After that, the fire just kind of took off and ran up into the attic. It just spread,” Ferguson said. “It went defensive after that. We don’t know how long it was going before we got called to the scene.”

Ferguson said the injured firefighter tripped and was treated at the hospital and released.

Two dozen firefighters were sent to the scene with Quint 1 and Truck 4, Engine 3, Engine 6, Rescue 4, Squad 3, Squad 6 and Squad 1. They were there for about four hours. Inspectors returned to the scene the next morning and over the days that followed.

Ferguson said the fire originated in a back bedroom closet of one of the units. The cause remained undetermined.

Four upstairs apartments in the building were completely destroyed. Four apartments beneath those suffered water damage.

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