Male body found in Grand Traverse County house after fire
A man's body was found while extinguishing a fire at a Grand Traverse County home.
The home on Ramsay Road was fully engulfed in flames Thursday around 6:30 when crews arrived. The home partially collapsed while crews fought the fire.
During the fire, crews reported the elderly couple that lived there was unaccounted for but would not confirm the names. Property records show that a William and Margaret Rackow are the owners. A neighbor down the road confirmed on Friday that the Rackow's had been living there for years.
After the fire was extinguished, a man's body was found. Deputies have not been able to identify him due to the condition of the body. It has been sent to Grand Rapids for an autopsy.
Deputies say a woman who lived in the home has been located and is alive.
In Nov. 2013, deputies were on the same property for a pole barn fire that was declared suspicious. They are still investigating that fire.
"We are currently receiving the assistance of the Michigan State Police Fire Marshall into the investigation, cause and origin of that fire," said Captain Christopher Clark. "With that being said, there have been over the last couple years, a series of suspicious fires in that southwest corner of the county area. We are currently investigating and we do ask if anyone has any information about any of those fires to contact the Sheriff's Office."
A cause has not yet been determined.
Anyone with information about this fire, or any fires in the southwest corner of the county, is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 231-995-5002 or by calling the Silent Observer Tip Line at 231-947-TIPS.