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Kalamazoo Commisioners Praise Emergency Response to Apartment Fire


KALAMAZOO   (WKZO)  --  City Commissioners sang the praises of the emergency response to the fire at the Northwinds apartments, especially in the wake of the crash the night before in which several EMT’s and a Kalamazoo Deputy were involved in a horrible crash on the business loop. 

70-firefighters from 5 area departments were assisted by 19-paramedics from Life and Pride ambulance, who worked together to evacuate the building.  Many of the residents had to be carried down because they can’t walk.

The displaced residents of the Northwind Apartments who sought refuge with the Red Cross after a fire forced everyone to leave the high rise Sunday Night, were transferred to the Gospel Mission last night, after

The Red Cross was asked to shut down their emergency shelter at the  Christian Life Center.

 The Red Cross’s Lisa Bonney says they continue to look after their short term needs.She says they rely on the generosity of the community to do their work. The Deacon’s Conference is collecting furniture and clothing they may need once they are allowed to resettle.

It’s not clear yet if the Northwind’s building is salvageable after a fire on the third floor burned through to the fourth, collapsing part of it.