A man was injured after a structure fire in New Buffalo early Wednesday, according to police. Berrien County Dispatch received a call reporting a structure fire at a residence in the 15000 block of Locke Rd in Chikaming Township.
The initial 911 call came from a neighbor, who was unaware if the residence remained occupied.
Deputy Brittany Garza of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s New Buffalo Twp Patrol, and Sgt. Russ Tillery of the New Buffalo Police Department, were initial emergency responders on scene. Both Deputy Garza and Sgt. Tillery entered the smoke filled residence, subsequently locating the homeowner inside.
They located the resident, a 55 year old male, disoriented inside the smoke-filled home. Both officers assisted the male safely out of the residence.
The resident had suffered significant 3rd degree burns across his body, as well as
smoke inhalation. He was treated on scene by paramedics and was transported, in serious condition, to a hospital in Kalamazoo.
The fire at the residence was controlled, and was tended to by firefighters from Chikaming Township Fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No emergency responders were injured during the incident.