Residents Jump From Windows as Lansing Apartment Building Goes Up in Flames

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Residents of a Lansing apartment building were forced to jump from windows as a fire broke out early Monday morning.

Flames were reported on just after 3 a.m. at a building in the 3000 block of Bernice Avenue, authorities said. Firefighters arrived to find the first, second and third floor of the building "fully engulfed."

One person was taken to an area hospital after jumping out of a window and two others were taken for smoke inhalation, fire officials said. Two police officers were also hospitalized for smoke inhalation but later released, according to authorities.

Residents reported that neighbors rushed to the scene and were working to catch those who were jumping.

"I go to the back door, black smoke hit me," said resident Brian Blaney. "I had to jump out of the window and that man caught me out of the window."

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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