GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A child playing with a lighter caused the July 24 fire at an apartment building on the West Side of Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department announced Wednesday that its investigators confirmed that cause, which was suspected by residents as they watched fire fighters battle the blaze at 648 Fourth St. NW.
As the child involved played with the lighter, flames traveled into the building's rear well and into the attic, authorities said.
The fire gutted the nine-unit building and left 18 people homeless.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department says the West Michigan Fire Match program offers intervention for kids who experiment with fire.