Roof collapses after fire at Kentwood apartments

Fire crews battle a fire at the Wingate apartment complex on Feb. 10, 2018.


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Firefighters extinguished fire at the Wingate Apartments in Kentwood Saturday morning.

Around 4:45 a.m., crews were called to the 3100 block of Creek Drive near 32nd Street and Shaffer Avenue SE.

Kentwood Fire Department authorities told 24 Hour News 8 the fire sparked in an unoccupied third-story apartment, but the cause is unknown.

Fire officials said everyone was evacuated safely and there were no reports of injuries, but the fire caused extensive damage, including a collapsed roof.

On Sunday, the fire department said 23 units had been rendered unlivable.

The American Red Cross said about 40 people were displaced. The Red Cross set up a shelter at East Kentwood High School, but all of the affected residents were able to find other places to stay.

“The next steps depend on what the specific family needs are and our volunteers and staff are working with them individually,” Sam Tidwell, the interim executive director of the local chapter of the Red Cross, told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday. “What they need is what the Red Cross will help them achieve.”

In 2015, two people died in a fire at the same complex. The cause of that fire was determined to be “careless use of smoking materials,” officials said.