Arson Suspected In Fire At GR Duplex

Posted at 7:19 AM, Mar 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-20 07:19:43-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Investigators say an act of arson may be to blame for an overnight house fire in Grand Rapids in the 700 block of 6th Street NW shortly after 2:30 a.m.

The original call came in as a fire at a duplex with heavy flames showing.  There were between six and eight people inside at the time, all of whom managed to escape. The residents of the duplex are reported to be a woman, her daughter, and four grandchildren ranging in age from a couple of months to 10 years. Other teenage relatives were also in the duplex; one teen said he was sleeping on the couch and his cousin may have heard something crash through a window.

Crews were able to get the flames under control in less than half an hour.

We’re told that the fire is being treated as suspicious and may have started when something came crashing through one of the windows. The family told fire officials they had been threatened recently.

Crews remained on the scene as the investigation continued.

(On scene reporting by Nicole DiDonato FOX 17.)