Some back home after fire at Wyoming retirement apartments

Fire damaged Bayberry Retirement Village on Saturday afternoon

Bayberry Retirement Village, Wyoming
Bayberry Retirement Village in Wyoming the day after a fire. (July 17, 2016)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Some residents returned home to Bayberry Retirement Village Sunday, the day after a fire ripped through part of the retirement apartment complex in Wyoming.

Between 50 and 75 residents who live in the western area of the complex returned Sunday afternoon. Residents of the north portion were still displaced. Wyoming Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bennett said it’s unclear when those residents will be able to go home.

“I don’t have a time frame, but that’s going to be some time yet, I’m sure. There’s quite a bit of work. There’s substantially more damage on the north wing than there is over here, obviously,” Bennett said.

A fire at the Bayberry Retirement Village in Wyoming on July 16, 2016. (Ben via Report It)
A fire at the Bayberry Retirement Village in Wyoming on July 16, 2016. (Ben via Report It)

The third floor of the north wing was labeled a total loss after the fire, which sparked on a second-floor balcony around 2 p.m. Saturday. Three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries as they tried to escape and were hospitalized. Their conditions were unknown Sunday.

Several hundred people were displaced after the fire because the sprinkler and alarm systems needed to be restored.

Residents who were able to return Sunday were thrilled, but know some are permanently without a home for a while.

“They said we could move back in, but not everybody has that opportunity. People on the other end, especially the ones that don’t have apartments anymore, are kind of stuck for a little while,” Frank Ross, a resident of the complex, said.

Officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire. An insurance investigator will be out Monday to assess the damage.

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