Smoke could be seen for miles Sunday afternoon in Kalamazoo County when a truck parked behind a business in Portage caught fire.

It happened behind a building that is home to a few businesses on Sprinkle Rd. just south of Kilgore Rd near the Portage and Kalamazoo city line. The dark, black smoke first became noticeable at around 4:45 pm.

Upon entering the parking lot of the business, a truck behind the building was engulfed in flames near the rear of the vehicle. It looked like it had not been on fire for very long. It was parked against a tree line about 20 feet away from the building, but very close to the wooded area.

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There were no fire crews or responders on the scene yet and due to the potential for explosion, we left after taking this photo zoomed in from a distance. There were other vehicles that had entered the parking lot, curious about the smoke and also leaving quickly once realizing it was a vehicle. Some people were on the phone with 9-1-1.

Kalamazoo County Central dispatch had no information to report as of 5:30 pm, but said that crews had been dispatched to the scene. There are very few details confirmed at this time. We will update if more information becomes available.


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