Crash cuts off communication to BC firefighters at house fire

Firefighters on scene of a house fire in the 100 block of Oneita Street. (Nov. 8, 2016)
Firefighters on scene of a house fire in the 100 block of Oneita Street. (Nov. 8, 2016)


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A car crash caused the Battle Creek Fire Department to lose all radio communication while they were battling a house fire early Tuesday.

A neighbor reported the fire at a home in the 100 block of Oneita Street. Heavy smoke was coming from the home when firefighters arrived on scene around 2:15 a.m.

Battle Creek Fire Department Battalion Chief Adam Magers told 24 Hour News 8 the family who lives there was not home when the fire started.

However while firefighters were inside the home, Magers said a car crashed into a utility pole in the area — impacting their radios and cutting all communication for the department.

The fire department was eventually able to get in contact again with crews inside the home and learned everyone was safe and accounted for.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.