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Investigation into Briargate Apartment fire continues

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John Shank  (mugshot courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriffs Department)
John Shank (mugshot courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriffs Department)

PORTAGE (WKZO) -- Fire investigators are waiting on lab results to determine what sparked the fire at the Briargate Apartments in Portage last week.

A man seen leaving the room where the fire began was arrested the day after the fire on a variety of drug manufacturing charges not related to the fire at Briargate, including the manufacture of methamphetamine. He was already on probation for a previous meth charge. 

43-year-old John Shanks had been visiting the apartment where the fire began, at the invitation of the apartment's occupants.  

The fire destroyed 2 apartments and temporarily displaced 43 tenants.

 

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