Historic house in Kalamazoo burns; 1 injured

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A historic house in Kalamazoo caught fire Thursday night.

The flames broke out shortly after 9 p.m. at the house along Academy Street east of W. Michigan Avenue, dispatchers said.  

Even after firefighters had been working for well over an hour, flames could still be seen leaping from the roof of the house. Crews blasted water at the top floor, where a red glow could be seen through the windows.

One person was injured and taken to a local hospital, according to a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety news release. 

The dining room manager for The Park Club of Kalamazoo, Brandon Mion, told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone that the building is known as the Balch Home. He said it was the original home of The Park Club, which was formed in 1904.

Several years ago, Mion said, the entire house was picked up from where it stood at the corner of Rose and South streets near Bronson Park and moved a few blocks to its current spot along Academy Street. It was repurposed into nine apartments.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269.488.8911 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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