Legal News for Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys. A deadly fire broke out in a residential hotel on New Year’s Eve, killing two and hospitalizing three.
Two dead, three injured after fire rips through residential hotel in Michigan.
Detroit, MI—A fire broke out, tragically killing two and leaving three others injured in Midtown Detroit on New Years Eve, according to information provided by the Detroit Free Press. The blaze reportedly broke out around 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Fire Department (DFD) officials reportedly claimed that an inebriated man allegedly attempted to light a cigarette with a burning piece of paper when he dropped the lit paper onto his bed sheets, consequently setting the bed on fire. When the Huntington Hotel resident opened his door to call for help, the flames continued to spread down the hall. The residential hotel is located on the 100 block of West Alexandrine, north of downtown Detroit and south of the Wayne State University campus.
Fire rescue crews from the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) responded to the scene to transport the injured to area hospitals for treatment. Two victims, both residents of the hotel, were allegedly pronounced dead that night, December 31, 2009. The blaze allegedly left one resident in critical condition. A firefighter also sustained second-degree burns, along with another resident that was taken to the hospital after suffering from back pain. A female resident that lived on the third floor of the building, directly above the room, in which the blaze was ignited, was allegedly unaccounted for after the incident.
After the fire, 22 of the 49 total residents living in the Huntington Hotel were reportedly given emergency debit cards to purchase food and clothing. Also, 14 residents were moved to Madison Heights Hotel with the help of the southeast Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross.
Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers.