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Officers respond to fire at encampment including propane tank explosion

KDPS
Posted at 4:19 AM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 04:19:28-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Residents of an encampment in Kalamazoo had to be evacuated early Saturday morning after an "out of control" fire.

It happened around 12:59 a.m. when a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officer was near Blaine St. and O Neil St. investigating an unrelated crime.

They saw the large fire and requested a full fire response while rushing to get the residents out of their tents.

There was a propane tank explosion during this time.

Within a minute, fire teams and additional officers arrived. They were able to help evacuate residents and put out the fire within the following ten minutes.

Only one person was injured but they are expected to be ok.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshal's office.

If you have any information about this incident, call either the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 488-8911 or Silent Observer at 343-2100