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BCFD responds to pair of structure fires Sunday morning

One person was found dead at the Oneita Fire
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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 21:21:08-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Fire Department (BCFD) responded to two fires early Sunday morning, the second of which leaving one civilian dead.

The fatal house fire started around 7:45 a.m. at 266 Oneita Street.

Two tenants were inside the house at the time of this fire, but only one tenant was able to escape.

A spokesperson for BCFD has confirmed that this incident is connected in some way to Amber Griffin, a woman whose disappearance in the Summer of 2020 is being investigated as a homicide.

Crews were on scene investigating the fire for 2.5 hours following it's start, as the cause of that fire is still being investigated.

More than 2 hours prior to this fire, BCFD responded to a fire at the Post Cereal plant at 275 Cliff St.

That fire was extinguished by the plant's sprinkler system, and was caused by an overheated motor connected to the 55-gallon plastic drum used to siphon product for cleaning purposes.

While this first fire was contained within the building, no one was injured during this incident.