Community Steps Up to Help After Grayling Apartment Fire Leaves Many Without Homes

The Michigan State Police fire investigator is trying to figure out what caused the fire that gutted a Grayling apartment and left many without a place to call home.

Firefighters were called to the Arbor Court Apartments on Madsen Street around 1 a.m. Friday.

Now the community is stepping up to help those displaced.

Out of the 16 apartments that made up the building, eight are destroyed. 

We talked with someone who is among one of the former residents here who lost their home.

“I went and woke my mom up to let her know, and when we went back in the living room there was smoke already rolling into the apartment, and I could see the flames coming out the window,” said Sean Walsh.

Walsh said he got up to get some water, and that’s when he smelled the smoke.

“When I got down, it was all flames,” said Walsh.

He and his mom knocked on doors to be sure everyone got out safely.

“Everybody did pull together too, like everybody was helping everybody out. It was a big group effort,” explained Walsh.

It’s an effort that involves so many in the community, including the Grayling Baptist Church.

“People started dropping things off and from the community. We’ve already received so much,” said Pastor David Longstaff.

They’ve been collecting clothing and monetary donations all day, and are even serving as a warming shelter.

“Community’s a big deal for a lot of reasons, and I just think it’s showing love to the people around us,” said Pastor Longstaff.

The American Red Cross is also stepping up to help everyone impacted by the fire.

The local McDonald’s even donated meals to crews on the scene Friday.