VIDEO: Residents jump to safety after massive apartment fire in Detroit, several unaccounted for

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Several people are unaccounted for, three residents were hospitalized and one fire fighter was injured after a massive four-alarm fire at an apartment building Wednesday morning on Detroit's west side.

We're told an accelerant may have been used to start the fire; The incident is currently being investigated as an arson.

The Detroit Fire Department responded to the fire at Jason Manor in the 21000 block of Jason Street, near Schoolcraft, just off the Jeffries Freeway.

One portion of the apartment complex has been destroyed from the flames.

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Wednesday afternoon, fire crews were working with other city agencies to pump about four feet of water from the apartment building's basement so they could continue the search for fire victims.

At one point during morning rescue efforts, four residents jumped to safety, some still in their pajamas.

Three people were taken to the hospital. Some were being treated for injuries they sustained from jumping out of windows. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

In all, about 25 people were rescued by firefighters.

The fire department received the first call about the fire around 6 a.m.

Earlier in the morning, police had been called to the apartment building to respond to a complaint about a party and a fight.

The fire started sometime after police officers left the scene, and investigators think the fight and the fire may be connected.

The fire started on the north end of the building, which is located in the same area where the party was.

Fire crews tell 7 Action News, 39 of the 42 units inside the building were occupied. Most have been destroyed.The ATF is now assisting with the investigation.

In addition to the party, Detroit Police confirm that they also responded to a sexual assault report at the apartment complex hours before the fire started. According to police, a 19-year--old woman was sexually assaulted and taken to a nearby hospital. She is listed in temporary serious condition. There is no description of a suspect at this time.

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE VICTIMS OF THIS FIRE:

The victims are in desperate need of help at this time. St. Vincent de Paul and the Red Cross are working together to meet with victims and provide clothing and other necessities.

A fund has been set up to help cover short-term and long-term costs.

*You can donate online at Donate.svdpdet.org * You can email a check to:

St Vincent de Paul Fire Fund
3000 Gratiot
Detroit, MI 48207

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