One hospitalized, pet killed in apartment fire

Posted at 9:22 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 11:28:40-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – One person is in the hospital, after a fire Tuesday morning in Kalamazoo.

The Department of Public Safety says they were called at 8:20 a.m. to the Crosstown Parkway Apartments. Crews spotted heavy smoke coming from a 6th floor balcony. Part of a single apartment’s living room was on fire, but quickly put out. Firefighters report that a pet was found dead inside.

Due to the smoke that reached three other apartments, Public Safety Officers pulled many of the residents out. Only one person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Fire crews say the situation could have been worse, if doors to the apartment on fire had not been closed. By shutting off the area to the rest of the building, it prevented the fire from growing bigger.

Two residents will be displaced because of the fire, and the apartment impacted by the flames has extensive damage. No word yet on what caused the fire.