The medical examiner has determined smoke inhalation as the cause of death for a Tecumseh man who died in a house fire Monday morning at 301 W. Washington.
Tecumseh Fire Chief Aaron Williams said Martin J. King, 44, was killed in that blaze.
A passerby saw the fire and reported it at the fire station, located about a block away. Crews were on the scene in less than a minute, Williams said, but the front of the home was already fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters, while attempting to gain entry for search, he said, discovered a refrigerator was blocking the back door and had to be moved. Once inside, fire crews found the victim in the middle of the home, the chief said.
Cause of the blaze was reported as undetermined, Williams said, although the blaze has been under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.
Williams, who said the home didn’t have any type of smoke detector, said Tecumseh residents who need a smoke alarm can request one, free of charge, from the fire department by calling 598-2222.