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Lightning strike causes fire

June 20, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A lightning strike is believed to have caused a fire at the Bentwater Apartments in Three Rivers Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived shortly before 2 p.m. to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of building 228. After Three Rivers police conducted an evacuation of the building, firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

Flames were contained to a second-floor attic. Officials said the presence of a firewall helped prevent the fire from spreading.

Sixteen families were affected, as they were unable to return to their units for the night. A re-occupancy plan was to be determined following a building inspection Thursday.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries when a portion of a ceiling collapsed on him.

Extension cord is believed to cause fire

June 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An extension cord is believed to have started a fire this week at a residence in Sturgis.

According to the Sturgis Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 7:50 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West Congress Street.

Crews first to arrive noticed smoke from the upper level of the two-story residence. The fire was limited to a closet and surrounding area, though the residence sustained significant heat and smoke damage, according to a department media release.

Firefighters had to clear several windows to help alleviate smoke and heat.

The extension cord was being used to operate a window air-conditioning unit.

Autopsy on victim of fire

June 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An autopsy was performed Thursday on the victim of a house fire in Cass County’s Calvin Township.

Sheriff Capt. Lyndon Parrish said results showed the victim found inside the residence in the 17000 block of Chain Lake Street died from injuries sustained in that fire. Foul play is not suspected in the death.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined, as no evidence was found to lead investigators to believe that arson is suspected.

A positive identification is pending, though the owner of the residence is 78-year-old Lucy Pargo. She lived at the residence alone and has not been seen since.

Investigators believe she is likely the victim of the fire.

Investigating a fire

June 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An investigation into the source of a fire at a single-family residence over the weekend in Fabius Township is underway by state police officials.

The blaze was reported at 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 15000 block of Gleason Road. The fire was centered in the living room area of the residence, firefighters said.

Two adults and their pets were able to escape unharmed. The house, however, sustained heavy damage from smoke and water.

Boy struck by car

May 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 9-year-old Sturgis boy was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a car last weekend in Constantine Township.

A helicopter trying to fly the youth to a Kalamazoo hospital, however, resulted in damage to the AirCare ambulance.

Constantine fire officials said the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday in the 25000 block of Riverside Drive. Investigators said the victim’s 11-year-old brother was attempting to move a vehicle at the request of a family member. The 11-year-old accelerated too quickly and lost control of the car, which struck his brother.

West Michigan AirCare was summoned to transport the victim, but a hard landing in Constantine High School’s parking lot caused the landing gear to collapse.

The boy was taken by ambulance instead to Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Faulty cord responsible for fire

May 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A faulty extension cord is believed to have been responsible for starting a fire last weekend in Sturgis.

Sturgis fire officials said the blaze was reported at 9:50 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of South Monroe Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters noticed smoke emitting from two second-floor bedrooms. The victims told firefighters they attempted to extinguish the fire on their own, but it quickly grew out of control and they were forced to evacuate.

The fire was limited to an upper-level bedroom, but heat, smoke and water caused extensive damage to the residence. Three people were displaced.

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