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A fire at the Cloisters has killed one resident

Township Fire deployed their aerial cannon to fight the fire from above.
The entrance to the residential complex was closed for hours as firecrews put out hotspots and the body was recovered.
Township Fire deployed their aerial cannon to fight the fire from above.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- An elderly woman was killed when her condo caught fire at the Cloisters off West Main in Kalamazoo Township.

The fire may have been burning for a while before it was discovered around 4:30 p.m. because soon after firefighters arrived the roof collapsed, ending any opportunity for a rescue.

Neighbors said the woman who lived there often required a wheelchair and would have needed assistance to escape.

Her body was not recovered until hours after the fire was extinguished.

Her name won’t be released until positive I.D. is established by autopsy.

At least five condos were reportedly damaged by the fire,and a number of others impacted.

The Red Cross was on hand to lend aid to the displaced condo owners.