1 killed in Knob Hill Apartment fire in Okemos

Published: Dec. 21, 2022 at 11:17 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2022 at 12:29 PM EST
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OKEMOS, Mich. (WILX) - Officials with Meridian Township confirmed Thursday that one person died in Wednesday’s apartment fire.

The body was found during recovery efforts. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire that damaged dozens of units at an Okemos apartment complex Wednesday.

Just after 11 a.m., firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a fire at the Knob Hill Apartment Complex off Okemos Road, just north of Jolly Road.

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Meridian Township Fire Chief Mike Hamel tells News 10 that the department received a call about a couch on fire on the first floor. When they arrived at the apartments, the second and third floors were also on fire.

“The police made sure everybody got out,” said A.J. Currier, Knob Hill Apartment Complex resident. “Christmas is five days away and I can’t imagine losing everything.”

According to the American Red Cross, preliminary reports show that 18 to 54 units have been affected. This includes water, fire, and smoke damage.

There is assistance available at the apartment complex’s Community Center. The American Red Cross is giving those impacted comfort and care kits. CATA also arrived to assist in transportation needs for residents.

While Meridian Township Fire Department received the initial call, the City of Mason Fire Department, East Lansing Fire Department, Lansing Fire Department and the Northeast Ingham Emergency Service Authority assisted with the fire.

Neighboring Club Meridian apartments reported they are experiencing “very minimal or no water pressure” through the complex as the fire at Knob Hill is attended to.

Those who would like to help those impacted by the fire can do so by contacting the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or Meridian Township Deputy Township Manager Dan Opsommer at 517-281-6034.

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