Kalamazoo, MI: On 02-27-16 at approximately 8:00pm Kalamazoo Public Safety received the call of a house fire in the 600 block of Edwin. On arrival officers found smoke coming from the second and third floor of the residence. Upon making entry officers found heavy fire in the second floor bedroom and attic. Officers were on scene battling the fire for approximately three hours, and the house sustained significant damage. The residents were not home at the time of the fire and Red Cross was contacted to assist with temporary living arrangements. One officer received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
On 02-27-16 at approximately 8:48pm Kalamazoo Public Safety received the call of a second house fire in the 1600 block of Highland, about two blocks away from the first fire. On arrival officers found fully involved house fire, with flames coming through the roof. The house was not occupied and is currently under renovation. Officers battled the fire for approximately 2 hours before it was under control. Damage to the house was extensive but was confined to the roof and second floor.
Both fires a currently under investigation by the Fire marshal.
Public Safety is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994, the Criminal Investigation Division at 337-8139, or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
Authority of Lt. Michael Kelley
Date: February 28th, 2016
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, (269) 337-8139