Resident says fire alarms didn’t go off when fire broke out at Alden Towers apartment in Detroit

Several families displaced due to smoke damage

DETROIT – A resident said there were no flashing lights or alarms ringing out after a fire broke out at the Alden Towers apartment building in Detroit.

The fire started around 7 a.m. Thursday on the 6th floor of the building. A resident said there was heavy smoke inside the building and that is what alerted her to the fire.

“Horrible black smoke, it was pouring in from the hallway and there were no red lights flashing there were no alarms going off, you know, my daughter was panicking, she had her baby. We could hardly get out,” resident Joyce Jones said.

Former deputy fire commissioner Gregory Love lives next door. He said this is not the first fire to take place at that building.

“I would say that is a management issue if there were no alarms, no bells and whistles as we call it, no smoke detectors, etcetera. That happens when there is lack of preparation in the building. That could, perhaps be the case,” Love said.

No major injuries have been reported, but two people had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Witnesses said crews arrived fast and were able to put the fire out quickly, but between five to seven units have smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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