Updated 11/02/2012 05:25 PM
Deadly Wayne County Fire Not Believed to Be Suspicious
State Police say they don't expect to find anything suspicious in the cause of a fire that killed a 63-year-old man in Wayne County.
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Troopers say they received a call for the report of a house fire around 8 a.m. Thursday. Those first on the scene say when they arrived at 5025 State Route 21 in Marion, the home was engulfed in flames.
After firefighters from Marion and Williamson had the blaze under control, they entered the home and found a deceased male.
Police believe the victim is 63-year-old Robert Kymble, the owner of the home; however, they say they are waiting for a positive identification. New York State Police investigators are looking for a cause.
"We don't like to rule anything out because it's just in the infant stages of the investigation. We don't think it's anything suspicious nature at this time but we're certainly not going to rule anything out. But once we figure out the origin of the fire, how it occurred, what happened, the investigators will let us know," said Mark O'Donnell, New York State Police.
Police were alerted by a passer by who was on his way to work and saw smoke coming from the home.
Dan Gottermeier says he first thought someone was burning brush. Then as he got closer, he discovered the home on fire. Gottermeier said he stopped to check if anyone was inside.
"Ran around the backside of the house, was trying to pound on the walls and noticed all the windows were open in the house. I kind of stuck my head in one of the windows and couldn't hear anybody. I'm not going to go in there if I don't hear anybody."
Neighbors say Kymble lived alone and resided there for as long as they can remember. However, they didn't know him well, saying Kymble pretty much kept to himself.
"He was quite reclusive, kept to himself, real quiet guy. Never had anything going on over there like loud music or nothing like that. He was always a real quiet guy and never bothered anybody," said Paul Nevlezer.