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Early Morning Apartment Fire Forces Families To Evacuate

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GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) - Thirty five people in Grand Ledge are living in hotel rooms Friday after a fire forced them out of their apartments in the middle of the night.

It happened shortly after midnight Friday at Sandstone Creek Apartments on Old Mill Pond Road. A total of 18 units caught fire, affecting 13 families. At least six units were destroyed, displacing 35 people. Management at the complex has put the families up in a hotel for the night and the Red Cross was called in to help. Officials say no one was seriously hurt.

"We just watched a sermon and I had just got done telling my wife, I said, 'If all this was gone, it wouldn't make a difference to me, and I think that's just about what I got," said Robert Twenter, Sanstone Creek Apartments resident.

While the people who run the apartment say everyone made it out safely, those who live here say it was a close call, and it could have been much worse. None of the smoke alarms went off. If it had been a half an hour later, they wouldn't have been able to get out.

Apartment management wouldn't comment on whether or not the smoke detectors worked and fire officials say the cause is still under investigation.

If you would like to make a donation to those who lost everything, call "Imagine This Church" at (517) 643-3526.


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