Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, May 21st, 2016, at approximately 6:38 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a fire in the 1800 block of S. Burdick Street. Upon arrival, officers encountered a two story home divided into several smaller apartments with heavy smoke and fire conditions on the second floor. A 46 year old resident, who was sleeping at the time, awoke to the fire and managed to escape with minor injuries. Public Safety officers started an initial interior attack on the fire however were call out due to the collapse of the roof. Public Safety officers were able to extinguish the majority of the fire within 40 minutes of arriving on scene.
Six residents were displaced and provided housing assistance by the Red Cross. The injured resident was transported to Bronson Hospital for treatment of the burns and smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Kalamazoo Fire Marshal’s office.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Lt. Matt Huber
Date: May 21st, 2016
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain James Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8142