Fire destroys Constantine apartment building
Saturday Oct 27, 2018 6:56am
CONSTANTINE – A fire Friday destroyed a Constantine apartment building.
Constantine Fire Chief Mike Haydon says a call came into St. Joseph County 911 at 10:30 Friday morning about a fire in the Custer Apartments on Peachtree Street by one of the residents of the building. Several other calls came in around the same time. When his department arrived, Haydon says they saw flames coming from the front door and out of the back of the building.
A woman was still in her apartment on the second floor, but firefighters were able to get her out safely through a bedroom window.
The Three Rivers, White Pigeon, Fabius-Park, Newburg and Centreville Fire Departments were all called in to help battle the blaze, which took an hour to bring under control, and fire hours to extinguish. Also helping at the scene were the Constantine and White Pigeon Police Departments, the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police and the Constantine Department Of Public Works.
The initial investigation shows the fire started in the living room of a first floor apartment and spread into the hallway and up to the second floor of the building. One firefighter and two individuals were treated and released at the scene. Another person was taken to Three Rivers Health for evaluation.
The building and contents are a total loss. St. Joseph County Victim Services and the American Red Cross are working to find temporary housing for the residents.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal is helping with trying to determine how the fire started. Anyone who may have seen anything or has information on the fire is asked to call either the Constantine Fire Department at 269-435-5325 or St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at 269-467-4195.
The Harvey House Hotel in Constantine is assisting in collecting clothing items for the fire victims.