Man found dead after house fire near Kalamazoo

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is dead following a house fire near Kalamazoo.

Around noon Tuesday, firefighters were called to the 5200 block of Lucerne Avenue in Comstock Township, east of Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters found a small fire inside the home and the 69-year-old homeowner, identified Wednesday as Robert Roy Cunningham, dead inside. Comstock Township Fire Chief Matt Beauchamp told 24 Hour News 8 the fire was mostly out by the time crews arrived and a passerby likely wouldn’t even realize a fire had happened at the home.

An autopsy was conducted and full results are expected back in about six or eight weeks. Authorities said preliminary findings did not indicate the death was suspicious.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is working with the state fire marshal to piece together the moments leading up to the fire. The fire marshal was expected to return to the scene Wednesday to investigate.