DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Police have made an arrest following a late night fire at a Detroit apartment building that left dozens homeless and injured several people.

A Detroit firefighter and a young girl were among those suffering smoke inhalation during Tuesday night’s blaze at the Chatham Apartments, near Clairmount and the Lodge Freeway.

Department Battalion Chief No. 5 Doug Lyon said someone set bags of trash afire in a fifth floor hallway. Officials described the fire as “100 percent arson.”

Hundreds of residents ran from their homes to escape the smoke and flames, while others had to be rescued.

Most residents were allowed back inside around 10:30 p.m. after the fire was put out. All of the injured are expected to recover.

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Comments (3)
  1. Katzie says:

    Prosecute the arsonist to the fullest extent of the law! People in Detroit are going thru enough. No call for someone to intentionally set a fire. On the young girl suffering “smoke inhalation” I can understand that….. But a Firefighter?? Aren’t they supposed to be wearing SCBA”s???? Or is that one of the “items” cut by City Council……. NEEDED fire equipment.

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