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Smoke Detectors Present, But Dormant In Grand Ledge Fire


GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) – Firefighters in Grand Ledge say smoke detectors were present, but did not appear to go off in an apartment complex that caught fire last week.

On Friday, residents at the Sandstone Creek apartment complex said they do have smoke alarms, but did not hear them go off as the building caught fire. Fire officials also say crews battling the blaze reported not hearing the detectors go off. The same goes for police officers who went in to evacuate the building.

Fire officials say the detectors were battery-operated and not hardwired, and post-fire tests revealed weak sounding alarms firefighters say would not have been loud enough to warn residents of danger.

Officials have not yet completed their investigation, but say it appears the cause of the fire is electrical.

No one was injured in the fire, but 35 people were displaced. The destroyed at least six units in the complex.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at

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