GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people, including an infant, were taken to the hospital after Grand Rapids fire rescuers, and other Kent County fire crews, were called out to an apartment fire near 28th Street and Eastern Ave.
Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, fire crews were sent to 2860 Marshall Ave SE on reports of an apartment fire and residents being trapped on their decks and balconies.
“All of a sudden I hear like a lot of shouting in the hallway. I didn’t even hear any of the alarms go off; nothing. Open up our door and a bunch of black smoke that comes in, so I immediately I shut the door. So I run back into room and grab some of my stuff like my car keys and my purse and jump off my balcony,” said Alesandria Glosch, who lives in the apartment building.
Firefighters brought out several fire trucks with ladders to assist in possible rescues. Residents tell 24 Hour News 8 several residents on the third floor climbed down on fire ladders because they were stuck on their balconies. Some residents jumped from their balconies to escape.
“I was just on the computer reading the Bible and I just hearing something go ‘beep beep beep,'” said resident Kanetta Masalskis.
That was the sound of the smoke alarms going off in her building. She said two men helped pull her out of her first-floor apartment window.
“When I opened the door there was just a lot of smoke. Then I closed the door and I was trying to get out and I was screaming, ‘Help, I can’t get out,'” she said.
Authorities say a mother and her infant were taken to the hospital with possible first- and second-degree burns. A third person was hospitalized due to smoke inhalation.
The blaze started in a first-floor apartment. Several other apartments in the building were damaged by smoke.
“It was actually pretty scary just waking up and realizing there was a fire in the apartment building,” said Glosch.
It is unknown what caused the fire. Authorities continue to investigate.