1 dead in house fire near Battle Creek

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Pennfield Township Fire Chief Tim Smith says one man died in a house fire near Battle Creek Wednesday morning.

The fire started shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday at a house located at 18 Montford Street near Capital Avenue in Pennfield Township.

The 58-year-old man was the only person in the house at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Calhoun County Sheriff’s office.

Smith says the fire started in the basement. He said the smoke and fire damage was contained inside the home, which is now ruined.

Crews didn’t see flames when they arrived on the scene, just a lot of smoke, he said.

Smith said the fire is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 269.781.0880 or Silent Observer at 269.781.9700.

Crews started to leave the scene around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Montford Street was reopened to the public around that time.

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