Death of man found after house fire ruled homicide

Grand Rapids

A house on Oakwood Avenue NE after one person was found dead following a fire. (Oct. 25, 2020)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a man found dead after a house fire in Grand Rapids was ruled a homicide.

The Grand Rapids Police Department didn’t release any additional details about the fire Tuesday afternoon, including exactly how 41-year-old Todd Cappendyk died.

Firefighters were called to the scene on Oakwood Avenue NE north of Knapp Street around 11 a.m. Sunday on a report of smoke rising from the house. After dousing the fire, firefighters searched the home and found Cappendyk dead.

Cappendyk’s father previously told News 8 Cappendyk was paralyzed from the chest down and used a wheelchair.

The homicide is still being investigated.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call detectives at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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