Sunday, January 1, 2017


A fire broke out at an apartment building in downtown Ypsilanti roughly two hours ago. The apartment is located on Washington Street just South of Emmett. As of a roughly an hour ago smoke could be seen billowing from a window on the north side of the building on the top floor. A large number of police and fire trucks were on the scene, as well as at least one ambulance.

I spoke with two people who live near the scene of the fire. Joe Frontiera, who lives near the scene of the apartment building fire stated, "I heard sirens and realized it was right across the street." Frontiera went outside and immediately saw smoke coming from the apartment building.

A source at the scene who wanted to remain anonymous stated to Purple Walrus Press that, "It was on the 2nd floor, on the left side of the building close to the front." The source said, and I'm paraphrasing, that someone who he referred to as a girl with a candle was in the building: "Then the whole place went up." The source was "Pretty certain" no one was still in the building.

As of roughly 12:00 pm the fire seemed to be extinguished.

Stay tuned for updates.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
Fire today at apartment building on Washington St downtown Ypsilanti. Photos Purple Walrus Press.


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