Fire burns at 3-story Detroit apartment building

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Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at a three-story apartment complex Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014 on Detroit’s west side. An official says the fire forced some people to jump to escape. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Robert Allen) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES

Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at a three-story apartment complex Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014 on Detroit’s west side. An official says the fire forced some people to jump to escape. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Robert Allen) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES

Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at a three-story apartment complex Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014 on Detroit’s west side. An official says the fire forced some people to jump to escape. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Robert Allen) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES

Amber Mickles, 22, right, wears firefighter’s gear after she was rescued from her third-story apartment window during a large fire on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 on Detroit’s west side. Mickles was wearing only a t-shirt so firefighters gave her the gear to keep warm. An official says the fire forced some people to jump to escape. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Robert Allen) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES

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DETROIT (AP) — Firefighters battled a large blaze early Wednesday at an apartment complex on Detroit’s west side that sent flames shooting from the windows and roof and forced dozens of stunned residents from their homes.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths caused by the fire at the Jason Manor Apartments, which broke out at about 6 a.m. Four people were taken to hospitals for treatment, Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson said.

Firefighters rescued about 25 people, who were given shelter in a bus before being taken to a nearby church, he said.

“Our firefighters did a heroic job,” Jackson said. He said the department was still trying to account for everyone who was in the three-story building.

Police were called to the building earlier to deal with a disturbance at a party, Jackson said, and police were expected to investigate whether that was related to the fire. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.

Ellery Taylor told The Detroit News he woke up to the sound of a smoke alarm early Wednesday. He rushed to the door of his apartment, where he was met with thick smoke that enveloped the hallways.

“When I looked out of the window, my neighbor was hollering: ‘Jump! Jump! Jump! You have to jump!’” he said. “When I jumped, the first thing I thought was could I help somebody?”

The building had 42 units and 39 were occupied, Jackson said.

“A lot of people were half-naked,” Doug Woodcock, who works at a nearby building, told the Detroit Free Press. “We gave them shoes.”

Associated Press

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