In a fire at a Hartland apartment building, 7 people perish.

Early on Friday morning, a fire in the town of Hartland claimed the lives of seven individuals.

According to Hartland Police Chief Torin Misko, the fire started at a four-family apartment complex on Mansfield Court in the village.

When they arrived, the Hartland Police Department and Fire Department assisted in rescuing people from the burning structure and from balconies.

Nine police departments and fifteen fire departments participated in the mutual aid response.

The news conference, which took place Friday about 10 a.m., was unable to provide the ages of the victims or any other details.

Misko added. "We request that the community refrain from visiting or travelling to the immediate region in order to respect the families' privacy."

Isko said that a criminal investigation is ongoing but was unable to determine whether or not detectives think the fire was started maliciously or intentionally.

In order to aid in the investigation and to help protect the structure, the Hartland Fire Department is also present.

Misko stated that the probe was still highly active and lively. "As we proceed, we continue to gather a great deal of information. We will return later to tell you."