Hoarding slows crews at BC fire; 1 hurt, 3 pets killed

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Battle Creek firefighters say hoarding conditions hampered their efforts to put out a fire that sent one person to the hospital and killed three pets.

Around 12:25 p.m. Sunday, crews were called to a burning two-story home in the 500 block of Hamblin Avenue, between Angell and Hayes streets. While en route, firefighters learned someone was trapped inside the burning home.

Firefighters arrived to flames coming from the second floor and heavy smoke rolling out from all sides of the three-family home. Authorities rescued one person from the first floor and revived the victim using CPR before loading the victim into an ambulance bound for Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.

The resident was later flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The victim’s condition is unclear.

The fire department said because of “hoarder conditions,” crews were eventually forced to fight the fire from outside and above.  It took crews about 90 minutes to get the fire under control before they were able to re-enter the home and put out the hot spots.

The Battle Creek Fire Department says firefighters were unable to revive three family pets firefighters found inside the burned home.

The fire marshal is trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The American Red Cross is helping the three families who lived in the home find alternative shelter and resources.

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