3 escape as flames gut Kalamazoo County home

H Avenue house fire
Fire crews line H Avenue in Comstock Township to handle a house fire. (May 18, 2017)

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people were forced to evacuate as flames swept through a Kalamazoo County home early Thursday.

The call came in around 5:30 a.m. for a fire in the 9000 block of East H Avenue near North 33rd Street in Comstock Township, northeast of Kalamazoo.

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The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office says five to six agencies were called in to battle the flames. They were still putting out hot spots two hours later.

The three adults that were inside the home at the time safely escaped, according to the sheriff’s office. The Comstock Township fire chief tells 24 Hour News 8 one person was sent to the hospital but is going to be OK.

The fire chief says the fire started in the basement. Authorities say the house is likely a total loss.

Authorities closed East H Avenue between 30th and 33rd streets as crews work to put out the flames. It was still shut down as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.