ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A fire that raced through a Barry County home, killing the 81-year-old resident, has been linked to a space heater.
A state fire marshal investigator told 24 Hour News 8 the space heater was located in the laundry room in the back portion of the home and being used to thaw frozen pipes.
The investigator said damage was so extensive that it is unclear how the heater actually caused the blaze.
Most often when a heater is involved, it’s because the unit was too close to combustible material, or had overloaded an electrical circuit.
A Barry County sheriff’s deputy discovered the blaze at 4577 Circle Inn Dr., south of Gun Lake in Orangeville Township after checking out a disconnected 911 call.
The home was engulfed in flames when the deputy arrived.