Bodies of 3 young children found during Kalamazoo apartment fire; 1 firefighter injured
3-year-old twins, 1-year-old killed in fire at Kalamazoo apartment
Three-year-old twins and a 1-year-old were killed Monday by a fire that erupted inside a low-income apartment building in West Michigan, and it appeared the children were left home alone, according to fire officials.
The fire's heat and intensity blew out the unit's windows at the Interfaith Apartments in Kalamazoo, fire officials and neighbors said.
"The kitchen window exploded," Octavius Walker told WOOD-TV. "We looked in there and saw a fireball. It was like a movie. I've never seen anything like that before."
Walker, who lives in the complex, said he and some friends were in nearby parking lot when the fire started.
Some people in the area ran to the apartment and "kicked the door open," he said. "Fire came out the door, pushed them back."
Relatives identified the dead children, but the names were not officially released by authorities Monday evening.
The bodies of two of the children were found on the second floor, while the third body was on the first floor, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Uridge told MLive.com.
"Every one of the officers here are moms and dads, so it takes a horrible toll on them, as well," Uridge told WOOD-TV.
Uridge said that no one but the children was inside the apartment when the fire started about 2 p.m. It was not known how long the children were alone.
"We're still looking into that now," he added.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. Two other units were damaged by the blaze.
A firefighter was injured when a ladder he was on collapsed.
Most of the 200 units in the apartment complex are for low-income families.
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