On Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at approximately 00:40 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 1300 block of N. Park. Responding officers located an occupant of the burning house lying in the street with severe burns to his hands and arms. The occupant was cooking methamphetamine in the basement when it exploded catching the house on fire, burning him in the process. The fire was contained to the basement and was extinguished within fifteen minutes.
The injured occupant, a thirty year-old Kalamazoo resident was admitted to Bronson Hospital in stable condition. Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers and the Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the Meth Lab.
During fire suppression activities, several bystanders at the fire scene became involved in a physical altercation. Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers broke up the disturbance, arresting a thirty-three year-old female and a thirteen year-old male, both Kalamazoo residents.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 342-2100.
By authority of: Lt. Kevin Lenkart