Fire chief says Detroit apartment blaze was arson

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A fire that destroyed a Detroit apartment building and forced some adults and children to leap from second- and third-floor windows was intentionally set, a city arson official said Thursday.

Some type of accelerant was found amid the rubble following Wednesday morning's blaze at the Jason Manor Apartments on the city's west side, though it wasn't immediately clear to officials exactly what that accelerant was.

Dozens of people lost everything in the fire. At least four were hospitalized, and several others were treated at the scene for their injuries.

Crews used heavy machinery Thursday to dig through the collapsed roof, fallen walls and piles of bricks in search for victims. Cadaver dogs also were expected to be brought in.

Although no bodies have been found, officials have yet to account for a few residents, Detroit Fire Arson chief Charles Simms said.

"Our focal point now, mainly, is to make sure there are no bodies left," he told WWJ-AM. "But at this point, we have no indication that we'll find anybody."

The fire was reported at 6 a.m. Wednesday and was described as fast-moving by some residents of the building.

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