Three firefighters injured and residents displaced after Grand Rapids apartment fire

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 12/14/2021, 2:10 AM
Edited: 12/14/2021, 6:19 PM

Photo Credit: Grand Rapids Fire Department

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) A Saturday morning fire at Ridgewood Apartments in Grand Rapids has left dozens of people without a home. 

The Grand Rapids Fire Department says the fire left all 36 units unfit to live in. 

Three firefighters were also treated for injuries and are recovering. 

One firefighter broke an ankle after falling down a staircase. 

Another was treated for injuries after a large section of the ceiling fell on him. 

A fire captain was treated after inhaling smoke. 

According to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, the building didn't have a fire sprinkler system or fire alarm system. 

Smoke detectors from individual units did go off and residents notified their neighbors about the emergency before fire crews arrived. 

The Grand Rapids Fire Department says winds made putting the fire out a challenge. 

According to GRFD, the wind stoked the flames in void spaces within the building. 

The water line for the entire building was shut down because of plumbing issues, displacing residents from every unit. 

The American Red Cross and Property management worked with all residents who were displaced to help them find temporary housing. 

Fire investigators will be on scene all week trying to figure out the cause of the fire. 

The Grand Rapids Fire Department says at this time it doesn't appear to be arson.  


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