Man killed in fire identified, fire ruled not arson
The man who was killed in the fire on Ramsay Road in Grand Traverse County Thursday evening has been identified.
Grand Traverse County Sheriff's deputies identified the man as William Rackow, who lived at the home.
The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator has determined that the fire was not arson, but is continuing to investigate.
Crews responded to the fire Thursday evening at the home on Ramsay Road, which was fully engulfed in flames at the time. The roof of the home partially collapsed while crews worked on it.
While fighting the fire, crews reported the elderly couple that lived there was unaccounted for, but would not confirm the names. Rackow was found that evening and was identified through an autopsy.
Deputies reported the woman who lived in the home was located and alive. Property records identify the woman who lived there as Margaret Rackow, but authorities have not released her name.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the fire. In Nov. 2013, deputies were on the same property for a pole barn fire that was declared suspicious. They are still investigating that fire.
A cause has not yet been determined.
Anyone with information about this fire, or any fires in southwest Grand Traverse 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.