Brother: Man killed in fire was trapped under debris

Family members identify victim as D Jones

One person died in a house fire on N. Rose Street in Kalamazoo. (Dec. 20, 2016)


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A 60-year-old man was killed when a fire broke out at a Kalamazoo house Monday night, authorities say.

Family told 24 Hour News 8 the man who was killed was R.C. “D” Jones.

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An undated courtesy photo of D Jones.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. at a home in the 1700 block of N. Rose Street, near Hopkins Street. Calls to 911 indicated that someone may be trapped inside, according to a release from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

“We heard they found D on the staircase [in the basement]. Walls had fell on him and stuff. Basically he was trapped,” Jones’ brother, Eddie Jones, told 24 Hour News 8.

He said his brother, who had a learning disability, was a good and lovable man.

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A still photo of cellphone video showing a fire on Rose Street in Kalamazoo on Dec. 19, 2016.

Video that a neighbor recorded on a cellphone shows flames and smoke billowing out from the home.

“Everybody was screaming my name to get out the house,” said next-door neighbor Corey Buell, who recorded the video.

When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were coming out of the home. They attempted to enter, but the fire was too intense. They took a defensive fire attack.

Sgt. G.R. Bentley with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said firefighters were busy fighting the fire and cold. He told 24 Hour News 8 they did have some problems with hoses freezing when they weren’t being used as frequently towards the end.

One person died in a house fire on N. Rose Street in Kalamazoo. (Dec. 20, 2016)
One person died in a house fire on N. Rose Street in Kalamazoo. (Dec. 20, 2016)

It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control. They remained on scene for several hours to put out hot spots.

The cause of the fire and the victim’s death are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.