Second major apartment fire displaces families

FLINT TWP. — For the second time in less than a month, multiple families have been displaced by a fire at an apartment building.

Early Friday on Jan. 4. firefighters responded to a call from Genesee Village Apartments off Linden and Lennon roads.

On arrival, firefighters found no fire showing but smoke throughout multiple apartments, said Fire Chief John Ringwelski in a report to the township board on Monday night.

“We used a thermal imager to find the hot spots in the wall,” he said.

Fire was detected in an entire wall between two adjoining apartments and in the attic.

The building was evacuated while firefighters attacked the blaze cutting it off to half of the eight-unit building, Ringwelski said.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed but is believed to be electrical, he said.

Six apartments in the building were occupied and two were vacant. Fire damage was mainly inside the walls and attic but smoke and water damage left three of the apartments uninhabitable, he said.

Township firefighters were assisted by Mundy Township and Flint City fire departments who brought in aerial devices and also by the Swartz Creek and Flushing fire departments.

Firefighters previously fought a major blaze in mid-December in a 24-unit building at Clover Tree Apartments off Court Street, that displaced 16 families. A pot left on the stove was determined to be the cause.

Ringwelski also said the cause of a recent fire at a single-family home was still under investigation.

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