UPDATE: 11:41 p.m. – Smoke and flames burst through a section of an apartment complex inside the Landings at Chandler Crossings just after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Fortunately, everyone got out safely, but many have been displaced from their homes.
The flames forced dozens of people out of their homes, and brought multiple fire crews from more than six different agencies to the scene.
“I heard the fire alarm and I thought it was just a drill,” Rose Rodriguez said. “I looked out I saw the smoke and just ran out with my dog.”
Rose Rodriguez lives in one of the units there. Luckily, the unit she shares with her roommate isn’t as heavily damaged as the others.
Firefighters worked for hours to put the fire out, while many residents stood by and watched.
“What would you grab if there was a fire and I had to like think about that today,” Resident, Clarissa Grimes said.
“Yeah I was like, I was just running out but then I was like oh wait coat, keys, ID,” Rodriguez said.
Deputy Chief Troy Brya from the East Lansing Fire Department said while the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time, a total of 18 apartment units are unlivable.
The flames caused significant damage to nine of the units on one side of the building and affected the other nine units across from them.
“It was also spreading through other rooms, other apartments and it was a little difficult to contain,” Deputy Chief Brya said. “But like I said with the mutual aid that we received from all of the neighboring departments, we were able to get it taken care of.”
We’ve reported on fires like this before at Chandler Crossings back in October of 2014. More than a dozen units were damaged after flames tore through the roof of one of the buildings.
6 News will provide updates on the cause of the fire as soon as we know.
EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – About 60 people have been displaced after an apartment fire in Chandler Crossings.
It happened around 3 p.m. Monday in the 16700 block of Chandler Rd. at The Landings.
Firefighters had to climb up to the roof of the 3-story building to put the fire out. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.
The East Lansing Fire Dept. told 6 News 18 units total have been damaged, 9 of those units on the right side of the building are heavily damaged.
The American Red Cross was on scene to help out.
Stay with 6 News for the latest.