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Fire damages home in the WInchell Neighborhood

South side home damaged by fire
South side home damaged by fire

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo’s fire marshal is investigating a house fire in the Winchell neighborhood that appears to be suspicious.

A neighbor was the first to notice the smoke and flames behind a home in the 23-hundred block of Sheffield Drive very early Saturday morning.

The first Public Safety Officers on the scene discovered the engulfing the walk-out basement at the rear of the home. It took them about an hour to doused the flames and another few hours conducting salvage and overhaul operations.

The occupants of the home were out of town, but a neighbor called them and they returned while firefighters were still on the scene.

The home suffered extensive damage. The Fire Marshal is looking for the cause.