PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are working to find out what sparked the house fire north of Battle Creek that killed a man.
It happened around 9:20 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of Wanondoger Trail off Pennfield Road in Pennfield Township.
Sgt. Steve Watson with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office said a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the house and a man lying in the doorway and called 911. Responding deputies went in and pulled out the man, who was already dead.
Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire.
The man’s name was not released pending notification of his family, but authorities say he is a 46-year-old from Pennfield Township. The sheriff’s office says preliminary indications are that he died of smoke inhalation. An autopsy will be conducted Saturday to confirm the cause of death.
Authorities say the fire started in the basement and then spread to the main floor. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal was at the scene Friday afternoon trying to determine the cause, but the sheriff’s office said there’s no evidence so far that it was supicious.