BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say there are no reports of injuries after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Cutlerville.
Kent County dispatch said the fire broke out around 11:40 p.m. Thursday at the Byron Lakes Apartments off 68th Street SW between Burlingame and Clyde Park avenues in Byron Township.
On Friday morning, Judy DeKorte arrived in tears at her daughter’s burned apartment building.
“My heart aches for the people. The loss of, I know it’s material things, but it’s still hard. But also grateful that no one lost their life,” DeKorte said.
DeKorte would know. In 1998, her Wyoming home caught fire. An ember from the fireplace was able to ignite in the wall. Her daughter was only 11 years old.
“The fire started right under Mandy’s bed. We got out on time but it was Christmas Day, so we were left with nothing,” DeKorte said.
DeKorte’s daughter, now a mother herself, is living through a fire for the second time in her life.
“About 1 o’clock or so, she called and said, ‘Our apartment complex is on fire,’ and they needed to come over,” DeKorte said. “We didn’t know how serious it was until we started watching the news and sure enough we could see her apartment going up in flames. But thank God her and her husband and baby got out.”
DeKorte said her daughter isn’t ready to see what was left of her home. DeKorte snapped some pictures on her cellphone to share when the time is right.
Capt. Kurt Wierenga with the Culterville Fire Department said everyone, including pets, was able to get out of the apartment complex, and there were no reports of injuries.
He said the fire appears to have started inside a third-floor unit, but its cause remained under investigation.