By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – A resident suffered minor injuries in an apartment fire that damaged 14 units at the Heritage Glen complex on Pickwick Circle. Fire investigators determined the fire to be accidental.
No other injuries were reported from the fire at the townhouses near Wick and Pelham roads. Crews from the Taylor and Allen Park fire departments responded about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Taylor Fire Chief Stephen Portis said responders – many of whom had just completed a training session nearby – were on the scene within four minutes. The blaze was contained quickly, but not before several apartments had sustained damage.
“It was a good knockdown,” Portis said. “But there’s a common attic in all 14 of those units, and when it breaches it spreads.”
The fire likely began when a man fell asleep with food cooking on the stove. The man was treated for minor hand injuries, and no other medical issues were reported.
Taylor Fire Marshal John Hager said the cause remained under investigation, and noted that none of the affected families had renter’s insurance.
“We’re working with the management to get some insurance representatives in there,” Hager said.
Families impacted by the fire were assisted by Taylor firefighters, the American Red Cross and Heritage Glen to locate temporary housing.
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