A fire broke out at the River apartments in Battle Creek in the early hours of February 1st. Get the details here.

Battle Creek Fire and Rescue received the call of a fire at 45 Stringham Rd in Battle Creek at 5:30 in the morning. When crews arrived, the fire was burning through the second and third-floor apartments and into the attic area. Crews went to work suppressing the fire and evacuating residents, including several with limited mobility.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

A later release says that one civilan was hurt, after they jumped from a balcony to escape the flames. A first responder suffered an injury to their hand as well, after they fell.

Multiple families were displaced as a result of the fire and a temporary shelter had been set up on site at the time of this report, with more permanent housing being set up in another complex. Chief Beauchamp also said, "there is no word on what sparked the flames, but the fire marshal is on his way to the scene to investigate".

I interviewed Matthew J. Beauchamp, Battalion Chief for the City of Battle Creek.

The Red Cross will also be aiding those who were affected by the fire.

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