Leisure Ridge Apartments Fire

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT:    12/1/20 at 4:49 AM 
 
TYPE OF INCIDENT:      Apartment Fire     
 
LOCATION OF INCIDENT:  Leisure Ridge Apartments, 1300 Block, Leisure Lane, Niles Charter Township, MI     
 
AGENCIES INVOLVED:     Berrien County Sheriff’s Office  Buchanan City Police Department Niles Township Fire Department Niles City Fire Department Buchanan City Fire Department SMACS Ambulance Service SEMCO Energy Gas Company Indiana Michigan Power Company American Red Cross – Berrien County Chapter   NARRATIVE:           ON 12/01/20 AT 4:49 AM THE BERRIEN COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCH RECEIVED A 9-1-1 CALL OF A STRUCTURE FIRE AT THE APARTMENTS LOCATED IN THE 1300 BLOCK OF LEISURE LANE IN NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP.  UPON ARRIVAL FIRST RESPONDERS OBSERVED FLAMES COMING FROM ONE OF THE APARTMENTS.  FIRST RESPONDERS WERE ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT THE OCCUPANTS OF THIS APARTMENT WERE ALREADY SAFELY EVACUATED.  DEPUTIES FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE NILES TOWNSHIP PATROL AND AN OFFICER FROM THE BUCHANAN POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE ABLE TO ENTER THE APARTMENT COMPLEX AND SAFELY EVACUATE OTHER OCCUPANTS OF THE BUILDING THAT WERE SLEEPING AT THE TIME.  THE RESPONDING FIRE DEPARTMENTS WERE ABLE TO SAFELY EXTINGUISH THE FIRE AND HAD IT UNDER CONTROL AT 5:41 AM.  THE BERRIEN COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS ASSISTED WITH PROVIDING SHELTER FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE DISPLACED DUE TO THE FIRE.   
 
 
 
 
 
TWO DEPUTIES WITH THE BERRIEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WERE TREATED AND RELEASED AT SPECTRUM HEALTH LAKELAND IN NILES FOR SMOKE INHALATION THEY SUSTAINED DURING THEIR EFFORTS TO SAFELY EVACUATE OCCUPANTS FROM SURROUNDING APARTMENTS. THE CAUSE AND ORIGIN OF THE FIRE IS REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION AT THIS TIME. 



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