Residents forced out of homes after Westland apartment complex catches fire

Fire damaged 3 buildings, 36 units, but no injuries reported

Several residents were forced to evacuate their homes Thursday morning after a fire overcame multiple buildings of a Westland apartment complex.
Several residents were forced to evacuate their homes Thursday morning after a fire overcame multiple buildings of a Westland apartment complex.

WESTLAND, Mich. – Several residents were forced to leave their homes Thursday morning after a fire overcame multiple buildings of a Westland apartment complex.

Officials say at about 12 a.m. Thursday, the Westwood Village Apartments near Joy Road and North Hix Road caught on fire. Three buildings, which included a total of 36 units, were damaged in the fire.

The apartment complex was evacuated early Thursday morning, and no injuries have been reported so far from the incident. Officials say some valuables in first floor apartments might be salvageable, but everything on the second floor of the buildings has been destroyed.

Amid their investigation, authorities say they have determined that the fire started on the roof of the building, though the cause has not been officially determined. Officials say a roofing company was installing insulation panels on Wednesday, which includes a process of melting rubber in order to create seals. It is unclear if the incidents are related.

This is an ongoing investigation.

The fire appeared to be extinguished Thursday morning, but fire crews continued to battle “hot spots” around the complex.

An apartment complex caught fire in Westland on Wednesday night and burned through the night, causing many residents to evacuate.
An apartment complex caught fire in Westland on Wednesday night and burned through the night, causing many residents to evacuate.

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