Troy Residents Escape Before Floor Collapses In Condo Complex Fire

A cat was rescued by firefighters

August 19, 2019 - 9:16 am

TROY (WWJ) - It was a close call, but it appears no one was hurt when a floor collapsed in a fire at a Troy condominium complex.

The 911 call came in a little before 7 a.m. Monday from the Old Creek condos on Wattles near I-75 and Wattles, according to authorities.

Fire officials said the second floor of the building collapsed, but everyone inside were evacuated in time. 

Also rescued by firefighters: A beloved pet. 

"My sister was frantic; she called me at 8 o'clock this morning," said Margaret Sipple. "She was very upset that her house was on fire and that her cat was inside, and she didn't know if she was going to be able to get the cat. They wouldn't let her neighbor inside to get the cat...but they did get the cat."

Firefighters said "Maverick" was found hiding under the basement stairs, out of the way of the flames and unharmed. 

Assistant Fire Chuck Riesterer said the fire was just about under control shortly after 8 a.m. 

"It appears we have a working fire in this large four-story residential unit," he told WWJ's Charlie Langton at the scene. "Crews have knocked down the bulk of the fire from the outside; We have crews inside working in the attic."

A dozen or so residents will have to find a new place to live as damage to the structure on the backside of the building is extensive.

"We've done a primary search of the building; there appears to be no occupants," Riesterer added. "But since we got the fire knocked down we're starting our secondary search operation, just to make sure."

It's unclear if foul play is suspected as it's too early to determine a cause.