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Body-cam video captures heroic first responder rescue at burning Mt. Clemens apartment

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 07:17:06-05

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Macomb County Sheriff's Office released dramatic footage of first responders on the scene of a massive apartment fire in Mt. Clemens on Saturday.

The fire at River North Village Apartments happened around 11:30 p.m. Several people were injured as flames engulfed a 22-unit, two-and-a-half-story building.

Residents were forced to jump from upper unit windows to escape the flames.

Watch video here

The fire was first spotted by a deputy on patrol who noticed the smoke from a distance.

“I am proud of the job that all of the first responders did to get these residents to safety," said Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. "I urge all of our citizens to set up a safety plan for emergencies and to review and practice these plans with your family and neighbors. Property can be repurchased but a life can not be replaced.”

There was a multi-agency response to the fire, including Mt. Clemens, Harrison Township, Macomb Township, Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, Roseville, and Selfridge ANG Base.

Several families were displaced due to the fire.