A fire near Battle Creek has left one dead and authorities are investigating the cause.

Calhoun County dispatchers said the fire happened at a home located at Montford Street near Capital Avenue in Pennfield Township. Multiple crews were called at approximately 6:50 a.m. and arrived to find black smoke billowing from the one story home.

The Calhoun County Sheriff Department says a 58 year old Pennfield Township man was found dead in the blaze. His name is not being released pending notification of family members. It is unknown at this time if there were other people in the home at the time of the fire.

Authorities believe the fire began in the basement. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route as authorities investigate the cause of the fire.

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