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Fire breaks out at apartment building in Southwest Detroit

Scene is at Toledo, Lansing streets

DETROIT – An arson that was started in a dumpster is being blamed for setting a southwest Detroit apartment building on fire early Tuesday morning.

The fire jumped from the dumpster to the building through an apartment at Toledo and Lansing streets just before 6 a.m.

Patty Wentz was inside that apartment with three other people and her pets.

"All I saw was a bunch of fire coming through the back window," Wentz said.

Her daughter helped get her out, along with two other women.

Neighbors jumped in to help save Wentz's pets.

"When I noticed that she didn't have her cats, we ran back in there and I was screaming for the fireman to please, 'Get the cats, get the cats.' I got the cats out," said Tammy Cooper.

Fire investigators said the building did have smoke detectors that went off and are hailing the building manager as a hero for going door to door to make sure people got out.

There is a person of interest being questioned by arson investigators.