Several injured in Livonia apartment fire - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Several injured in Livonia apartment fire

Posted: Updated:
LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) -

A devastating Easter morning apartment fire sent a Livonia family of five to the hospital.

It happened at the Franklin Square Apartments around 5:30 a.m. That's near Five Mile and Rayburn.

Neighbors tell us the 41 year-old father who lives in the unit jumped from his balcony to escape the flames.

Most people were probably sleeping at 5:30 a.m. But Michelle Lukitich, who lives a good distance down the road, happened to be awake and heard the screams.

"I ran outside and saw a little smoke and fire," Lukitich said. "I came down and saw a lady on the ground with her little girl, then I saw a man on the ground, while another little (2 year-old) was running around."

Lukitich said the mother was screaming, "My baby, my baby is up in the apartment!"

While trying to calm the mother, Lukitich was able to wrap the 2 year-old in her coat. She noticed the little girl's legs were burned. Then she noticed the girl's father was also in bad shape.

"He was all burnt up," she said. "So I called for help."

Several members of the Livonia Police Department were the first to respond.

Without any fire gear, a police sergeant and three officers attempted to enter the building and rescue the 10 year-old still inside.

But despite their incredible bravery, the fire was too intense and they were unable to make it past the flames.

Livonia Fire arrived moments later, and were finally able to extract the 10 year-old.

The father and 10 year-old were flown to the University of Michigan Hospital in critical condition. Not long after, an ambulance transported the 6 year-old, also to U-M.

The mother and 2 year-old girl were treated for minor injuries at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. No other injuries were reported.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:49:30 GMT
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
  • Council considering land deal for US-Canada bridge

    Council considering land deal for US-Canada bridge

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:48:33 GMT
    The Detroit City Council is considering the transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.
    The Detroit City Council is considering the transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.
  • Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:56 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices