Aerial photos: Huge fire tears through apartment building

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A drone provided better look at the skies over the scene of a fire that destroyed a building on Grand Rapids’ northwest side.

The fire broke out across from St. Adalbert’s Basilica on Fourth Street at about 6 p.m. on July 24. According to Grand Rapids Battalion Fire Chief Dan Stoddard, the roof collapsed onto the second floor, which then collapsed onto the first floor.

This created conditions that kept fire crews on the scene into Friday morning.

There were possibly nine units that housed 18 residents.

Crews were still at the scene around 5 a.m. on July 27 keeping a steady stream of water on one side of the building. They said it's typical in these situations, because fire can get trapped in certain spaces in a building.

Neighbors said a child may have started the blaze, and those claims are under investigation.

Nobody was reported hurt.  The American Red Cross was at the scene assisting families.

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  • Peter B

    Please have your on-air reporters learn how to pronounce Adalbert’s. I’ve been listening to them mispronounce it all morning.