Tenants displaced after apartment complex fire

Dozens forced from homes after fire damages apartment building

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - One hundred or more people who live at The Orchards at Four Mile want to know when or if they can return to their apartments.

A three story, 48 unit building on the Walker property was badly damaged by a fire Monday, June 26.

Everyone inside at the time was evacuated safely.

“There was a knock on the door and someone saying the building is on fire,” recalls tenant Steve Narvin. “We all got out.”

Not all of the apartments in the building were damaged by the fire, smoke and water -- but every one's power and heat was turned off.

What started as reports of smoke in the building, soon turned to visible flames.

“Started seeing flames coming out of the roof,” remembers neighbor Helen Meyer.

“When we arrived we had flames coming out of the roof of the building,” explains Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker. “We are not sure what started the fire but it started on the third floor.”

Tenants who live in the damaged building spent the night in hotels, with friends or relatives, or at a shelter in Orchard Hills Reformed Church arranged by the Red Cross.

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