2 rescued from apartment fire near Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti apartment building catches fire Wednesday

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Two people were rescued from an apartment fire early Wednesday morning in Ypsilanti near Eastern Michigan University.

At about 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, firefighters arrived at a two-story apartment building in the area of Washtenaw Avenue and Hewitt Road, near the university’s campus. The building, which includes eight apartment units, caught fire -- though the cause is currently unknown.

Residents from all eight apartments were told to evacuate as a safety precaution, but two people actually had to be rescued from their apartments amid the blaze because they were asleep and unaware of the fire, officials said. No injuries have been reported.

The fire reportedly began in the top corner of a second-floor unit. It appears that only two of the eight apartment units were damaged in the fire.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the fire had been extinguished and crews were still working to address hot spots in the building.

See footage from the scene in the video report above.


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