UPDATE: The fire has been extinguished. Authorities have cleared the scene.
The Ludington Fire Department was called to a structure fire at 302 S. Washington Ave. at 11:17 a.m. Tuesday.
The fire gutted the interior of one unit of a house on the property, which was divided into three apartments, and smoke damaged the two adjacent units.
Apartment No. 3 was “fully involved” in flame when the Ludington Fire Department arrived on the scene around 11:20 a.m., and the firefighters had the blaze extinguished in about 20 minutes, said Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk.
“It was such a small apartment, flames were coming out both of the windows,” Funk said. “The guys showed up and did a great job knocking (the fire) down.”
Ludington Police Department asked parents who were picking children up from Foster Elementary School to avoid the 300 block of South Washington Avenue, and traffic was rerouted around it. The children walking home were also rerouted around the scene, according to School Resource Officer Chad Skiba.
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