Cedar Springs apartments damaged, destroyed in fire

Kent County

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating a fire that gutted some apartments in Cedar Springs, leaving seven families without a place to stay.

The fire sparked around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Red Flannel Acres apartments, located on Oak Court just east of N. Main Street NE.

All the residents made it out OK, as did pet cats.

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An Aug. 13, 2019 courtesy photo shows crews battling the fire at Red Flannel Acres apartments in Cedar Springs. (Judy Reed/The Cedar Springs Post)

Dispatchers say flames were shooting through the roof of the building when emergency responders arrived. With the roof coming down, firefighters couldn’t enter to try to fight the fire from the inside.

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An Aug. 13, 2019 courtesy photo shows crews battling the fire at Red Flannel Acres apartments in Cedar Springs. (Judy Reed/The Cedar Springs Post)

It took crews from four fire departments about 90 minutes to get the fire under control. Fire walls helped contain the blaze.

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An Aug. 13, 2019 courtesy photo shows crews battling the fire at Red Flannel Acres apartments in Cedar Springs. (Judy Reed/The Cedar Springs Post)

“We’re just going to make sure we have all the fire out. We do not want to come back, so we’re going to make sure we have everything out,” Cedar Springs Fire Department Capt. David Barnes said Tuesday evening. “We’re working with the residents to make sure they have a place to go, medications. everything they need. We’re going to make the building safe and then we’ll probably clear the scene until we can get the state fire marshal and insurance investigators out to look through it.”

The building contains eight apartments, seven of which have residents. The four upper-floor apartments are considered a total loss. The bottom four have smoke and water damage. The American Red Cross and churches are helping the seven families that were displaced.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it appears to have been most severe in the attic space.

flames and smoke rising from apartment building
An Aug. 13, 2019 courtesy photo shows crews battling the fire at Red Flannel Acres apartments in Cedar Springs. (Judy Reed/The Cedar Springs Post)

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