Deadly West Michigan house fire under investigation


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    An early morning house fire sparked a death investigation in Kalamazoo.

    The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said one victim was found dead inside the torched home on Wallace Avenue Sunday.

    Sources close to the investigation told Newschannel 3 Sunday some of the circumstances surrounding the fire appear to be suspicious. However, KDPS said it’s too early in the investigation to say if foul play is suspected.

    “At the time of the fire we’re not exactly sure who was inside the house, we do have a couple of people that we want to speak with,” said KDPS Capt. Brad Misner, who leads the criminal investigative division.

    A neighbor told Newshannel 3 they say two people exit the home just before smoke started to billow out.

    An autopsy is scheduled to be done Monday, investigators expect to release the victim’s identity then and know more once a cause of death is determined.

    “When crews arrived, it was fully involved enough to damage two neighboring houses, so it was a very hot fire,” said KDPS Fire Lt. Tim Loso said. “Plus, the debris that was around the house made firefighting difficult,” Loso added.

    KDPS said they responded to the structure fire around 2:15 a.m. on Wallace Avenue near Sherwood Park. Officers encountered heavy smoke and fire throughout the home making it unsafe to enter, so they started attacking the fire from outside.

    It took firefighters three hours to put out the fire and during that time the roof of the home collapsed.

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