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Marinette Co. Man Killed in House Fire

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Firefighters investigate the scene of a fire in the Marinette County Town of Lake, Jan. 12, 2011. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Firefighters investigate the scene of a fire in the Marinette County Town of Lake, Jan. 12, 2011. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MARINETTE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Marinette County Sheriff's are investigating after a 71-year-old man was found dead after a fire at his home. 

Authorities assume William Schroeder died in the blaze at the home on Right of Way Road in the Town of Lake. 

Firefighters were called to the home around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Investigators say Schroeder called relatives to alert them of the fire; the phone went dead during the call. Firefighters found explosions going off and heavy, black smoke when they arrived.

The house was a total loss. Schroeder lived alone. The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

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