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Fire at apartment building in Kent City
KENT CITY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews from several departments have been battling a fire at an apartment building in Kent City.
Dispatchers got the call just after 2am at the Kent Ridge Apartments & Storage on Kent Ridge Drive.
21-year old Derrick Powers lives next door. He says he was at home when he smelled the smoke. He went to investigate and discovered the fire at the apartment building next door. He jumped into action breaking the glass and grabbing a fire extinguisher. "I started pounding on doors telling everyone there's a fire" he says. "I got the fire out on the balcony but it ended up going up and over the roof."
Powers says it all happened very quickly. "It was pretty scary after the whole roof was engulfed. I didn't know if it was going to spread or not. But the fire department did what they have to do."
The Kent City Fire Chief Mike Rexford tells Newschannel 3 this fire could have been much worse. He says the fire walls in the apartment and the alert neighbors helped contain the fire to the 4 units on the top floor. The bottom 4-units suffered only some water damage and the 8-units on the other side of the building have no damage at all because the fire stops were working properly.
Still, 18-19 adults have been displaced the Red Cross is assisting.
Residents are going to a community center for the time being.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.