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Official: Woman dead after fire at Detroit-area senior housing complex alerted others to blaze

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ALLEN PARK, Michigan — An official says a 62-year-old woman who died following a fire at a suburban Detroit senior citizen housing complex tried to alert other residents to the blaze.

Andrew Hill, executive director of the Allen Park Housing Commission, tells WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1uGe0OX ) that Christine Bentley went door-to-door early Monday to alert other tenants at the two-story Leo Paluch complex in Allen Park.

Hill says the fire started in Bentley's second-floor apartment. He says he believes her actions to warn others helped save lives. Several people were injured, but the station reports they're all out of the hospital.

PHOTO: Allen Park fire and other surrounding community fire departments fight a fire at the Leo Paluch Senior Citizen Housing complex in Allen Park, in suburban Detroit, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. One person is dead and several others were taken to hospitals following athe early morning fire that prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents, authorities said. Fire Chief Doug LaFond confirmed the death and said more than two dozen people had to be rescued from the building by fire crews using ladders, including his 82-year-old mother, Betty Hackney. She was uninjured. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates )  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT   MBO  (REV-SHARE)
Allen Park fire and other surrounding community fire departments fight a fire at the Leo Paluch Senior Citizen Housing complex in Allen Park, in suburban Detroit, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. One person is dead and several others were taken to hospitals following athe early morning fire that prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents, authorities said. Fire Chief Doug LaFond confirmed the death and said more than two dozen people had to be rescued from the building by fire crews using ladders, including his 82-year-old mother, Betty Hackney. She was uninjured. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT MBO (REV-SHARE)

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Dozens of people were evacuated. Hill says most tenants will be able to return to their apartments on Friday. Repairs are expected to take months.


Information from: WXYZ-TV, http://www.wxyz.com

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