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UPDATE: The cause of the fire at Parkview Hills a mystery, dozens remain displaced


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Tenants displaced by a fire at Woodstone Apartments in Parkview Hills have been allowed to briefly return to their units to grab some essentials, and rescue their pets but its not clear when or if they will be able to move back in.

Public Safety crews responded to reports of a fire very late Friday night and were on the scene putting out hot spots until after 5 a.m. Saturday morning on Kalamazoo’s west side.

They discovered flames coming through the roof at one end of the apartment building on Woodstone Drive and were able to confine the fire to one unit, but the smoke and water damage extended beyond that unit.

The entire building had to be evacuated, and remains vacant because the utilities are shut off. Some residents smelled the smoke, others were rousted by other tenants and Public Safety Officers going door to door.

The Red Cross is helping to provide temporary shelter to a few of the 60 residents but most have found their own alternative accommodations.

There were no reports of injury, and the initial investigation suggests it was an electrical problem that sparked the fire, but the Fire Marshal is investigating. They do not suspect foul play, or a meth lab because of where it originated.