BIG RAPIDS, MI – At 5:10 p.m. on Sunday January 17th, 2021, the Big Rapids City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 157 Cardinal Ct., on Ferris State University property.
The caller stated they could hear people inside of the apartment yelling. A Ferris State University Department of Public Safety Officer arrived on scene at 5:12 p.m. and reported smoke in the building. At 5:14 p.m., the Big Rapids City Fire Department arrived on scene. Within 3 minutes of arriving, Fire Department personnel had begun their attack on the fire.
During a primary search, fire crews located a 22-year-old woman who had sustained smoke inhalation and burns. She was removed from the apartment by fire crews and transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and later to Butterworth Hospital for treatment. The fire was called under control at 5:32 p.m.
The fire origin appears to be in the kitchen area of the apartment. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Big Rapids City Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Big Rapids Township Fire Department, Ferris State University Department of Public Safety, MECEOLA Central Dispatch, Mecosta County EMS, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department, and the Big Rapids Police Department.