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Posted on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 12:45 p.m.

Red Cross assists Ypsilanti residents after apartment fire

By Pete Cunningham

Three Ypsilanti residents are being put up at a local hotel by the American Red Cross after a kitchen fire at their home in the Huron View Apartments complex forced them to evacuate Sunday at 12:17 p.m.

An estimated $5,800 worth of damage was done by the fire, which the Ypsilanti Fire Department has officially classified as the result of a "careless cook." No specifics were given on what caused the fire, but Capt. Dan Cain said a "careless cook" can mean a variety of things, including a grease fire, unattended pan or a kitchen rag catching fire on the stove top.

The three residents, described as adult roommates, were able to evacuate the building without assistance. Red Cross provided food and lodging for the night for the three individuals. The residents' clothing was unaffected by the fire.

Spokeswoman Ashley Cieslinski said Red Cross is able to provide the service for up to three days and works with the community to provide services if they are still needed at that point. As of Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Huron View Apartments, 855 Green Road, did not know how long it would be until the unit was repaired and able to be lived in.

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