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Overnight fire engulfs apartment complex parking lot

KENT COUNTY, MI – A parking garage at an apartment complex was engulfed in flames early Thursday, March 31, with fire shutters on third floor apartments.

The fire was reported around 2:45 a.m. at the Woodfield Apartments at 60th Street SE and Eastern Avenue.

Firefighters found strong flames, driven by high winds, in a parking structure exposed to vehicles and apartments.

The parking structure of a Kent County apartment complex was destroyed by fire on Thursday March 31. (Photo courtesy of Dutton Fire Department)

Cutlerville, Dutton and Kentwood firefighters responded immediately, then requested assistance from Byron Township and Wyoming firefighters. They fought the fire for almost three hours.

Firefighters encountered “very intense fire conditions”.

They contained the fire in the garages. Firefighters sprayed nearby cars and apartments with water to prevent them from catching fire.

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The parking structure of a Kent County apartment complex was destroyed by fire on Thursday March 31. (Photo courtesy of Dutton Fire Department)

Residents were evacuated due to smoke entering the apartments. Firefighters began clearing the scene around 5:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation is looking for the causes of the fire. A multi-jurisdictional team must respond to the scene to investigate.

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