Apartment residents jump from balconies to escape fire in Pittsfield Township
by Steve Pepple | The Ann Arbor News
Thursday January 01, 2009, 9:42 AM
Residents jumped from the balconies of a two-story apartment building in Pittsfield Township to escape a New Year's Day fire that that broke out shortly after midnight.
At least two people were transported to area hospitals after they were injured, and three others were treated at the scene, according to the Pittsfield Township Fire Department. One person was rescued from the burning building by firefighters, said Deputy Fire Director Al D'Agostino.
The fire displaced residents of 16 apartments in the Greenway Park Apartments on Golfside Road, just south of Washtenaw Avenue. The complex is operated by CMB Property Management.
Damage was estimated at $550,000, D'Agostino said in a press release. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
Firefighters saw flames from the first and second floors of the building when they arrived after getting the alarm at 12:33 a.m. today. They called for assistance from fire departments in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Saline.
The Washtenaw County Chapter of American Red Cross was assisting displaced residents.
Workers from Belfor Property Restoration of Troy were at the scene this morning sealing up the burned out apartment building.
Paul Clarke, senior estimator for Belfor, said residents of eight of the apartments could propably return to their homes once electricity and heat are restored. Of the remaining unit, he said, four apartments sustained major fire damage and four others had heavy smoke damage.
"It's a pretty sad way for some of these people to start the New Year," Clarke said.