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Residents evacuate safely while fire destroys senior center

November 18, 2021 GMT

ALGONAC, Mich. (AP) — First responders broke windows to help some residents escape a fire Thursday in a building at their housing complex in southeastern Michigan, authorities said.

The fire at Rolling Brook Senior Living was reported shortly before noon.

St. Clair County Sheriff Mat King said all of the approximately 24 residents were able to evacuate safely.

First responders needed to break windows to free some of the residents, King said.

The blaze started outside the main entrance in or around a garbage can, and the cause is under investigation, Algonac Fire Chief Joe Doan said. The building was destroyed, he said.

Resident Joe Perry said when he heard the fire alarm he grabbed his coat and found smoke coming down the hallway before running out a back door.

“I feel disgusted, we lost everything,” Perry told the Times Herald of Port Huron.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Doan said. No residents were hurt.

A bus took residents to the Algonac Lions Club, said Mark White, deputy director of the St. Clair County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.