KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP/WZZM) -- Authorities say one person is dead following an overnight fire at a Kalamazoo apartment complex that forced firefighters to rescue several people from balconies.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says a maintenance worker reported seeing smoke and flames coming from a building at Village Apartments about 12:50 a.m. Monday.
The department says officers found heavy smoke and flames engulfing part of the building, and they used ladders to rescue a number of residents from balconies.
The department says a female was trapped in the building and died. Her name is being withheld until relatives are notified.
The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents. Authorities say they haven't determined what caused the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.