STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – One person is dead and three are hospitalized following a two-alarm fire at a Sterling Heights apartment building.
According to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin, the blaze broke out shortly before 12 a.m. Thursday at the eight-unit Sterling Knolls Apartments on 15 Mile Rd., between Dodge Park Rd. and Maple Lane Dr.
Sixteen families were displaced by the blaze that killed 33-year-old Laura Ann Phillips.
Another resident, an elderly woman, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Two firefighters were also admitted for treatment of “heat related” injuries. All of those injured are expected to be OK, Martin said.
Fire crews from Warren, Clinton Township, Shelby Township, Fraser, Utica and Macomb Township assisted at the scene.
The Red Cross is assisting families displaced by the fire.
“We’re working with the Red Cross and a couple of area churches, as well as the apartment complex management to get the people the help they need – get them a place to stay … many of them lost everything, we’re just trying to help them as best we can,” said Martin.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.