(WLNS) – The Monday afternoon fire that started on the balcony of an apartment at The Landings, led to displaced people and confusion.
“At first I thought it was just a drill, I wasn’t one hundred percent sure what was going on,” Displaced tenant Cassie Manasian said.
Manasian is one of the tenants who is being moved to another apartment. The Landings will rebuild the destroyed apartment, but this time, there will be updates incorporated that could have made a major difference at Mondays disaster.
“Sprinklers put out fires, contain fires, isolate fires,” East Lansing Fire Marshal Gerald Rodabaugh said.
The Landings apartments did not have sprinklers above the balconies, because they were built before sprinklers were made mandatory in the early 2000’s.
“They can save lives, they can save property, they can minimize damage to the structure, the contents,” Rodabaugh said.
Despite the extensive damage, people displaced were given a helping hand by the apartment management and the American Red Cross.
“They at least have the essentials, and that is something we make sure they have,” American Red Cross volunteer Linda Lawrence said.
The essentials help people in the 24 hour period after a disaster, and the Red Cross also helps to answer questions about insurance and damages.
“Being able to go into our community and help our community is the most important thing, and that we are here for them,” Lawrence said.
The people who have been displaced have been moved into new apartments, and are being given time this week to move their items out of the destroyed apartment building.
Stay with 6 News for updates on the cause of the fire from East Lansing Fire Department.