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Firefighters Rescue Residents From High Rise

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Lansing Fire Crews have rescued a person after an apartment fire in Lansing.

The fire started around 7:00 Friday morning at Friendship Manor Apartments, located at 200 Friendship Circle behind Frandor. The complex is home to nearly 180 seniors.

Officials say the fire was contained to just one apartment, but residents were evacuated for safety. A preliminary report suggests that 27 units were damaged from the fire, but officials are still investigating which of those residents will be able to continue to live in.

 

Karen dean lives on the sixth floor, just two doors down from the unit that caught fire.

 

"It's scary," said Dean. "I opened my door to the hallway. Total smoke. You couldn't see anything."

 

She's one of those told by officials to find another place to stay for most of the day.

"I have my hair brush, my makeup, my pills, my cigs and some food and that's it," Dean said. Tonight, she'll be staying with her son. "It could've gotten out of hand. we're all okay. The rest of us are all okay."

Both the resident and an EMT worker were taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

It took crews about 30 minutes to contain the flames.

The heat from the day is also a worry for keeping everyone safe. Officials have provided Cata buses for residents to sit in and cool off. Officials provided water, gatorade and snacks. The Red Cross is also providing housing for some of those displaced.

Some of the residents have been allowed back inside the building. During the evacuation process, many residents had to be walked down the stairs because officials locked down the elevators.

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