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Fire & suspicious death in Kalamazoo Township ruled homicide

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 20:37:54-04

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police are investigating a fire and suspicious death that occurred Saturday night and are now calling the incident a homicide.

Just after 8 p.m. Saturday, the Kalamazoo Township Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 1500 block of Shakespeare Avenue. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters quickly extinguished a fire and discovered an unresponsive person inside. That person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Kalamazoo Township Police Department, assisted by the Michigan State Police, then responded to the scene.

The victim was identified as 53-year-old James Travis. Following the autopsy, Travis' death has been determined to be a homicide.

Police are asking anybody with any information about this incident to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Unit at (269) 381-0391 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.