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Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 9:45 a.m.

Fire that injured 1 woman, damaged 4 apartments deemed suspicious

By Kyle Feldscher


Fire crews investigate a suspicious fire at the Spice Tree Apartments Tuesday.

Daniel Brenner |

A fire at the Spice Tree apartment complex in Pittsfield Township injured one woman and damaged four apartments Tuesday morning.

Firefighters removed the woman from a third-floor apartment, where she was found unconscious but breathing, according to a statement. The fire has been declared suspicious and police and fire personnel are investigating the incident.


Water sprays from a fire hydrant as firefighters work outside the Spice Tree apartments in Pittsfield Township, where a woman was injured Tuesday morning.

Daniel Brenner |

The woman was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in unstable condition, Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams said.

The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. in a back apartment in the third floor of the three-story apartment building at 4780 Washtenaw Avenue, said Capt. Jeff Foulke of the Pittsfield Fire Department.

The fire caused moderate fire damage to one apartment and smoke and water damage to three others. Residents from those apartments will need temporary housing, firefighters at the scene said. Eight other apartments were evacuated but not damaged.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 9:20 a.m. Firefighters from Pittsfield Township, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township responded.

Williams said the woman was trapped on the third floor along with an unknown number of other people when the fire first started. Pittsfield Township police evacuated the residents from the first and second floors and firefighters were eventually able to make it to the third floor and get the residents of those four apartments outside, Foulke said.

There was no visible damage to the outside of the apartment building.

Foulke said the fire originated in one apartment but the cause is still under investigation and wasn't immediately clear.

Further information about the injured woman's condition was not immediately available.

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Perry White

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

"an unknown amount of other people" People aren't measured by amount but rather by number.

Julie Baker

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 7:01 p.m.

Indeed, that's fixed.

Kristen Marie

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 3:24 p.m.

I live in the complex and let me tell you how scary it is to be standing at the bus stop across the street wondering if it is your building that is on fire. I just hope they all have renters insurance and that the woman recovers. Thanks to the office staff for answering the phones and letting me know I was in the clear.


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 3:12 p.m.

I live not too far from there and was out for my routine walk with the dogs and heard all the sirens. Hoping for a good outcome for the injured woman.