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


Investigation ongoing after fire at Warren Manor

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 21, 2021

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WARREN — A week and a half after a fire in the midnight hour on May 8 ravaged four units and damaged four more at the Warren Manor Apartments, an investigation into the cause remained ongoing at press time.

“They sent samples to the Michigan State Police,” Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said on May 18. He said three samples were collected in a bedroom of a second-floor unit at the apartment complex, on the east side of Dequindre Road south of Nine Mile Road.

The room, which was described as the room of origin, reportedly had very little furniture in it when the fire broke out. McAdams said the occupant left for Tennessee right after the fire. He added that she did speak to investigators by phone.

McAdams said results from the state lab could take two to three weeks.

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

“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,” Warren Fire Chief Orrin Ferguson 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 the residents had already been evacuated from the building. The initial crew entered the structure, where a fire was 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 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.

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

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