Firefighters rescue residents from apartment fire on Detroit's west side; arson confirmed

Residents rescued from third, fourth floors

DETROIT – An apartment building was evacuated Tuesday morning on Detroit's west side as firefighters battled a fire believed to have been intentionally started. 

Flames burned at the Viceroy Apartments on Heritage Place near Joy Road and Grand River Avenue. The fire was nearly put out but rekindled at least once. 

Fire investigators confirmed this fire was an act of arson. The Detroit Fire Department (DFD) was at the apartment building Monday preparing for the fire, as they knew the arsonist was attempting to light fire to the building. There have been three fires in the area in the past week.

"It has been determined that it is arson," said Chief Gene Biondo, with the DFD. "We have no suspects at this point. Arson is investigating right now."

Fire crews rescued people from the third and fourth floors of the apartment building. No injuries have been reported. 

The area is now being considered a crime scene.

Investigators are asking for help in the search for arson suspects. Anyone who may be able to help in the investigation needs to call investigators at the following tip line: 313-628-2900. 

A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information on this fire. 

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