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Lansing Police rescue students trapped in massive house fire, firefighter injured

Posted at 7:14 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 09:55:17-04

UPDATE: Lansing Police helped rescue 10 students trapped in a massive house fire Monday morning.

Police tell FOX 47 they were the first ones to the home in the 4000 block of Hunters Ridge. The home was an Airbnb rental where 15 international students were staying while they attended a medical conference at Michigan State University.

When officers arrived just after 1:20 a.m. only 5 of the students renting the home were outside. Officers say the other 10 students were trapped in the house. Police were able to get inside and help everyone get out safely.

Lansing firefighters say the fast-moving fire quickly got out of control, with flames shooting out of the roof in minutes.

Since the home is nearly a quarter mile off the main road, firefighters had to run thousands of feet of hose before they could start putting the flames out.

"We were kind of behind the eight ball trying to get a water supply," explained Lt. Doug Burke with the Lansing Fire Department. "We're still able to make our water supply by laying our five-inch hose and then putting an engine in between that and the hydrant and then pumping from that.

A Lansing firefighter was injured in the blaze. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

Investigators say the fire spread so quickly at this point it's too early for them to pinpoint where it started or what caused the flames.

MSU Police and the Red Cross are now helping the students.

2 a.m. -----------------------------

A Lansing firefighter is injured while battling a massive fire early this morning in the 4000 block of Hunters Ridge.

Firefighters are still on scene trying to get the fire under control. Crews tell us, the house is off a dirt road, and there is not a fire hydrant close to the house. Massive flames broke out just after 1 a.m.

A group of international students visiting for a medical conference were staying in the house. They were all safely evacuated. The cause of the fire is not known.