Attic fire at Lake Odessa apartment building

A fire at the Emerson Manor apartment complex complex damaged at least four apartments. (Feb. 12. 2014)

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (WOOD) — Firefighters knocked down a fire in the attic of a Lake Odessa apartment building on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at Emerson Manor Apartments on Emerson Street off Jordan Lake Avenue.

Smoke was seen coming from the north side of one of the buildings at the apartment complex.

A worker was using a heat gun to thaw a frozen pipe, which caused some insulation to catch fire, firefighters believe.

The fire spread through the wall to the attic area, where it had room to grow. It’s unknown how many residents were home at the time of the fire, but everyone was evacuated and no one was hurt.

At least four apartments sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Fire damage was isolated mainly to the attic.

“We had heavy smoke coming out of the entire section — about every apartment. So we were expecting the fire extension was much more involved. It was going all the way from the south end to the north end with smoke. But once we got up there and knocked it down, we were glad to see I think most of these people are going to ba able to come home tonight,” Lake Odessa Fire Chief Jeff Sanderson said.

Fire departments from Lake Odessa, Clarksville, Woodland and Sunfield responded to the scene, Ionia County Central Dispatch said on its Facebook page.

After practicing for a fire at the apartment complex, firefighters were able to get on scene quickly, evacuated residents and knock down the fire.

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