Refrigerator ruled out in fatal fire

The home on Needham Court NW where a man was killed in a kitchen fire. (Jan. 19, 2014)

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — More than two weeks after a Walker man was killed in a kitchen fire, investigators have ruled out the home’s refrigerator as the cause of the fire.

Robert Lillis Jr., 66, was killed in the fire on Jan. 19 at his home in the 100o block of Needham Court NW.

The home’s refrigerator was burned  beyond recognition, leading investigators to believe the appliance sparked the deadly blaze.

But an electrical engineer, who was brought in as part of the investigation,  ruled out the refrigerator as the cause.

Walker Fire Department Deputy Chief Bob Walker said the cause of the fire has been ruled as undetermined.

Walker said the damage was do severe that his department may never be able to figure out what caused the blaze.

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