High rise fire at apt complex in Midland displaces over 170 tenants
Posted August 1
MIDLAND, MI — A high rise apartment complex in Midland is evacuated Monday night following a four-alarm fire, displacing 174 residents.
The call for help came in around 6:30 p.m. from the Green Hill apartments on Eastlawn.
Everyone got out safely but some were sent to the hospital for observation.
Three firefighters were also sent to the hospital, most likely for heat exhaustion
ABC12 spoke with the man who lives in the unit on the 8th floor where the fire started, he believes it all began with a candle that he left burning on his coffee table.
He tried to put it out using a fire extinguisher, but then evacuated when the flames sparked again.
The fire was confined to the top floor of the building, but many of the tenants forced out are elderly or disabled, making it a difficult to clear everyone out.
The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter across the street at Midland High School for those who need a place to stay overnight.
They are also providing water and snacks, and working with local pharmacies to try and get folks their medication.
No word yet on when residents will be allowed to return to their apartments.
The Midland Fire Chief says there is extensive damage to the building and they'll launch their investigation on Tuesday.