Incident number: 2021-04208
Type of emergency: Structure fire
Incident date: 7/15/2021
Incident time: 4:50 p.m.
Address/location: 430 W. Van Buren St.
Owner: New Level Sports Ministries
Probable cause, if known: Undetermined/suspicious
Structure type: Multi-family residential
Construction type: Wood frame
Estimated property damage: $195,000
Estimated contents damage: $5,000
Location/extent of damage: First and second floors
Hazardous materials involved?: None
Specialized rescues?: None
Vehicles involved: None
Responder: One - hand injury
Other information: The Battle Creek Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 430 W. Van Buren St. Car 3 arrived within four minutes to find flames showing on the first floor, and heavy smoke throughout a three-unit dwelling. Engine 5 arrived to stretch a hose-line to search for any occupants and extinguish the fire. Additional hose-lines were deployed by Engine 2 and Rescue 4. Rescue 3, Squad 6 and Truck 6 were also on-scene assisting. Fire extended into the second floor and attic areas. Due to the heavy fire involvement throughout, the fire was extinguished in one hour. One firefighter suffered a hand injury. The building was vacant, and later found out to be scheduled for demolition. The fire is suspicious and the Fire Marshal is investigating. No cause has been determined.