Police & Fireplace: Fireplace within the Williamsburg Flats brought on by microwaving meals in foil – Battle Creek Enquirer

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APARTMENT FIRE: The residents of 12 apartments were evicted by a fire in the Williamsburg Apartments on 791 Wagner Drive early Monday. The Battle Creek firefighters received a call at 2:02 a.m. and said the fire was in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment and was caused by someone using a microwave to warm food wrapped in foil. Firefighters said they arrived within four minutes and found a working fire in the apartment that was under control within 30 minutes. Residents of four apartments on the third floor were directly affected, but residents of 12 units had to evacuate until repairs were made. No injuries were reported. Firefighters reminded residents never to put metal in a microwave.

HOUSE FIRE: A faulty extension cord was used in a fire in a house on E. Kingman Ave. 85 blamed. Battle Creek firefighters received a call at 3:06 a.m. Monday morning and said the fire was in a bedroom on the second floor of the house. Firefighters said the fire was extinguished within minutes, residents had been evacuated and no injuries had been reported. Several dogs were also evacuated from the house.

HEARING DELAYED: A preliminary investigation in Calhoun District Court into a Battle Creek man charged with two open murder cases has been postponed. Chad Reed, 33, is charged with the deaths of Joseph Soule, 34, and his girlfriend Jaclyn Lepird, 31, who lived upstairs in Reed’s house on Post Ave. 203 lived. The couple disappeared on October 7th. Their bodies were found in the bed of Reed’s truck in an abandoned garage on October 15th. His hearing was postponed to January 21st.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Battle Creek police said a 29-year-old woman and her 38-year-old friend were arrested after officers were called to the 200 block of Taft Court at 4:35 a.m. on Saturday when other residents of the apartment building said they were could hear people fighting. The police forcefully opened the home door and found three women and one man inside. Both women were arrested for domestic violence and, for the 29-year-old, for resisting officials.

ATTACKS: The Battle Creek Police reported the following cases:

• Officials are seeking an arrest warrant for a 28-year-old woman after her self-described best friend, up to that day, 30, said she was at Spanky’s Bar at 1414 W. Michigan Ave. been attacked. Officials were called at 1:06 am on Sunday and said the suspect was drunk and broke pool sticks and knocked over tables. Police said the victim said she and the other woman started arguing about the payment of the bar tab and when it escalated the victim said she went to her car but the suspect came out and did that Kicked the car, opened the door and hit the victim and pulled her hair and scratched it.

• A 61-year-old man was arrested after his 49-year-old neighbor was threatened with a knife on Saturday at 7:09 pm on the 900 block of Hillbrook Drive. Officials said the neighbor told the suspect he was drinking too much and the suspect went in offended by the comments, but came out an hour later and threatened.

Call Silent Observer at 269-964-3888 or text CRIMES (274637) SOTIP or visit www.crimereports.com for information on crime.

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