Residents Displaced In Apartment House Fire

Posted at 6:06 AM, Nov 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-19 11:07:52-05

An entire apartment building’s residents were displaced by fire in Kalamazoo overnight Sunday.

The fire started around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Northwinds Apartments on Douglas Avenue south of Alamo Avenue northwest of downtown Kalamazoo.

Many residents of the complex are disabled, many in wheelchairs. Tammy Baas, who is in a wheelchair, was among the residents who had to be carried down three flights of stairs.

About 50 residents were sheltered at the Christian Life Center Church next door, sleeping on cots provided by the local Red Cross. People from the Red Cross weren’t sure how long the temporary shelter would be needed. The center’s shower facilities are not handicapped accessible.

Many displaced residents also need their medications.

One firefighter suffered a cut on a hand, but seven other people also were hurt.

(On scene reporting by Nicole DiDonato, FOX 17)