Apartment Building Fire Forces Escape

DETROIT (AP) -- An official says a large fire at a three-story apartment building on Detroit's west side forced some people to jump to escape.

The fire burned Wednesday morning on the city's west side near Interstate 96.

Detroit Fire Arson Chief Charles Simms tells WWJ-AM that three people were transported to hospitals. Details on the injuries weren't immediately available, but Simms says it's believed they were from jumping.

Simms says it's believed that everyone was out of the building.

Simms says the cause of the fire wasn't immediately known. He says police will investigate reports that a disturbance at the building may have preceded the fire.

A number of fire crews are on the scene, spraying water onto the blaze from ladder trucks. Smoke from the fire is visible from far away.