"I saw a couple of people who were on the third floor when we jumped out," she said. "They were saying, 'Help! Help!' And I'm telling them, 'Just jump.' I don't know if they jumped out. ... I just pray that they made it out."
Firefighters rescued about 25 people, who were given shelter in a bus before being taken to Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church Brightmoor Campus, Jackson said.
Streams of people brought boxes and bags of clothing and other items to the church to help Tameka Williams and others displaced by the fire. About 50 of the approximately 100 people who lost their homes were being helped at the church, said Courtney Williams, campus pastor.
The Salvation Army and American Red Cross were assisting the church in finding other shelter for the families.
How the fire started was not immediately known Wednesday, but police were called to the apartment building earlier to deal with a disturbance at a party, Jackson said. Police were investigating whether that was related to the fire.
Police spokesman Rodney Johnson said that when officers arrived shortly after 3 a.m., a woman reported being sexually assaulted and was taken to a hospital. He said she was visiting someone in the building but didn't know the person who she claimed had assaulted her.
Associated Press writer Jeff Karoub contributed to this report.