BCPD: Man dead, woman hurt in assault, arson

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The person believed to be responsible for an assault and arson that left one man dead turned himself in Tuesday night, police say.

A woman was also seriously injured in the incident, according to the Battle Creek Police Department. She was taken to a local  hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

The assault and fire happened at a home on N. Washington Avenue near Parkway Drive. BCPD Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott said a medical unit from the fire department was driving by shortly after 6:30 p.m. when they spotted smoke.

When they went to check it out, they found the woman and got her out of the house.

The medical crew also saw a body lying in the home, but couldn't get to him because of the flames and smoke.

"It didn't appear that the body was showing any signs of life at that time," Elliott said.

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