The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids is assisting 16 families affected by the fire early this morning at Woodfield Apartments in Gaines Township.
The Red Cross was contacted by the Kent County Sheriff Department around 1:15 a.m. with requests for assistance. Seven Disaster Volunteers with the Red Cross were on the scene with other emergency responders a half hour later, around 1:45 a.m.
The Red Cross immediately assisted two families who had no place to stay. Today, we are reaching out to other families whose apartments were affected to see if they need assistance.
There have been several reports indicating that this was a grease fire. The Red Cross would like to remind residents in West Michigan about fire prevention and proper ways to extinguish a grease fire. Tips and other preparedness planning information can be found at redcross.org/homefires.
For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.