BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Several seniors are searching for new housing after a fire spread through their apartment building.
Lakeview Meadows is an independent living complex for seniors in Battle Creek. The fire broke out just before 9pm Monday.
Michelle Stimac and Deloris Towery were next door playing cards with some friends.
"All you could see was smoke and we stood there watching, then all of the sudden poof," says Stimac.
"All the sudden flames shot up. Later on, I heard popping noises; I think it was oxygen tanks", says Towery.
When fire firefighters went inside the complex they found flames spreading quickly through the ceilings. Battle Creek Fire Chief Dave Schmaltz says authorities decided to start evacuating, "so with help of the police department, we moved residents out, then we fought the fire."
Towery said, "They got them out right away. We saw them rescue one woman; she was walking."
Fifty residents were displaced and taken to a shelter. In a briefing Tuesday afternoon, several agencies gathered to update the public on what is being done to help out.
"What we do know is, the 50 individuals, they are going to need housing needs. They were low-income, so we have staff coordinating with other agencies, so they can help with housing," according to Karla Fales with the Area Agency on Aging.
The residents will also need food, clothing, and medications. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
"But I just felt bad for those people who lived there. They lost everything," says Towery.
The Battle Creek Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Monetary donations are being accepted at the Area Agency on Aging. Food, clothing, and other donations can be dropped off at Lakeview Baptist Church in Battle Creek.