Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, May 16, 2020, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers responded to a residential structure fire in the 900-block of Essex Circle. Upon arrival, they encountered smoke and flames coming from the home. Officers learned the resident might still be inside and immediately initiated search-and-rescue operations despite the growing fire conditions.
The 79-year-old female resident was located deceased inside the home. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time. The incident is currently under investigation by the Kalamazoo Fire Marshal.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety offers its condolences to any family and friends who have been impacted by this loss.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.
Authority: Sergeant Kelly Pittelkow
Date: May 16, 2020
Address: 150 East Crosstown Parkway, Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Craig Habel, Criminal Investigation Division, 269-337-8139