Man dies in fatal fire at Jamestown Apartments

Photo by Scott Konkel/Allen Park Fire Department Facebook page Fire swept through an apartment building at 11400 Fordline in Allen Park the morning of Aug. 26, claiming the life of a man.

Photo by Scott Konkel/Allen Park Fire Department Facebook page
Fire swept through an apartment building at 11400 Fordline in Allen Park the morning of Aug. 26, claiming the life of a man.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK – A man living at Jamestown Village Apartments, 11400 Fordline, died in a fire Aug. 26 believed to have begun that morning in his apartment.

Police, who were first on the scene, were prevented from rescuing the man by the intensity of the blaze. Firefighters later found a body in the man’s apartment, and the Wayne County Medical Examiner team removed it.

Photo courtesy of the Allen Park Fire Department Allen Park Fire Department Engineer Michael Stetz rescues a cat from the fire.

Photo courtesy of the Allen Park Fire Department
Allen Park Fire Department Engineer Michael Stetz rescues a cat from the fire.

The man’s brother and sister arrived on site and said they had spoken to him about an hour before the fire crews arrived, and said he usually did not leave the apartment without their assistance.

The Lincoln Park and Taylor fire departments provided mutual aid and the Downriver Fire Investigation Task Force was on site.

One of the firefighters entering the building fell through the floor up to his waist. Other firefighters helped him up, and while bruised, he continued to work.

Two cats were rescued from separate apartments, and were given oxygen with small animal resuscitation masks recently donated to the department.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation at press time.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)