Cause of fire, death of Wayland man inside burned home are still under investigation
WAYLAND, Mich. —
The Wayland fire marshal and Michigan State Police are investigating the death of a man found in a mobile home that caught fire Tuesday morning. Among the remaining questions, what killed the man, and what caused the fire.
Newschannel 3s Franque Thompson spoke to Wayland Fire Chief Joe Miller about the investigation.
When the call came in to the station, Miller said, the firefighters were unaware that anyone was inside the home.
The fire department was called just after 9:30 a.m. to the Rabbit River Estates near Wayland.
When crews arrived, Miller said, neighbors started telling them someone was inside.
“Fire is coming out of the windows, a lot of smoke. We attack the fire, knocked it down,” Miller said.
Because the home was already full of flames, the firefighters had to put it out before heading inside.
Miller said the man was found lying in the kitchen.
Investigators said it's too early to know what caused his death or the fire.
The chief said it's also unknown if the man had working smoke detectors.
Neighbors said he was well liked and active in this community. They also said his sudden death and the large fire have them shocked.
“Another neighbor said that there was a fire next to my house and I was panicked,” said Melissa Forsythe, who lives near the fire. “You know, because fires jump real quick and I didn't know if it was going to get to my house.”
The Yankee Springs Fire Department assisted in putting out the flames.