Incident number: 2021-02321
Type of emergency: Structure fire
Incident date: 4/22/2021
Incident time: 2:40 a.m.
Address/location: 390 S. Washington Ave.
Probable cause, if known: Under investigation
Structure type: Three-story, vacant junior high school
Construction type: Masonry construction
Estimated property damage: Unknown
Estimated contents damage: Unknown
Location/extent of damage: Second-story band room, and smoke throughout the structure
Hazardous materials involved?: No
Specialized rescues?: No
Vehicles involved: No
Other information: The Battle Creek Fire Department was dispatched at 2:40 a.m. to 390 S. Washington Ave., the former Southwestern Junior High, for a reported structure fire. Crews arrived quickly to find a fire on the second floor, contained to a classroom, later identified as the band room. Engine 2 and Rescue 4 performed an interior attack, while Rescue 3 and Engine 5 performed an extensive search. Car 3 assumed command, a water supply was established, and all additional crews, including Engine 6 and Squad 6, performed multiple tasks to quickly bring the fire under control. The structure has been vacant for many years, and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.