Kalamazoo church service interrupted by smoke inside the building


KALAMAZOO, MI — A church service was halted Sunday morning after staff reported light smoke inside the building.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers responded to reports of the fire in the 200 block of South Park Street around 8:30 a.m., according to a KDPS news release.

Officers inspected the exterior of First United Methodist Church at 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, where they observed smoke coming from a downspout, according to KDPS.

Officers were able to extinguish the fire quickly by applying water through the downspout and attached drainpipe, KDPS said.

A search inside the building showed that the fire had not reached the interior.

According to KDPS, the City of Kalamazoo Fire Marshal and Consumers Energy responded to the church to investigate the cause of the fire, which was determined to be a buried electrical source exposed to the drain pipe.

Exposure to the electrical source melted, smoldered and smoked the pipe, according to KDPS, causing smoke to surge into the downspout and the building.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, according to KDPS.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 488-8911 or the Office of the Fire Marshal at (269) 337-8260.

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