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Battle Creek FD responds to 2 suspicious fires at abandoned school

Battle Creek fire department
Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 14:17:51-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Fire crews responded to two fires within nine hours at an abandoned school in Battle Creek on Thursday.

The Battle Creek Fire Department (BCFD) says the first fire happened at the former site of Southwestern Junior High School at around 2:30 p.m.

We’re told crews discovered the fire in the auditorium area after finding light smoke emanating from the building.

The fire was contained in under 20 minutes, according to the fire department. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is considered suspicious at this time.

Around 11:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a second fire at Southwestern Junior High School. Once again, firefighters were able to contain the flames within 20 minutes and no one was injured.

Battle Creek officials say this marks the sixth fire at the school within the last year.

Those with information about the suspicious fires should reach out to BCFD at 269-966-3519.

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