Investigators: Man who died was burned in YMCA shed fire 3 days earlier

LINCOLN, RI (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Fire Marshal is looking into a fire that investigators said caused burns to a YMCA employee, who died three days later.

Kyle Andrews, 48, of Lincoln, died at Rhode Island Hospital last Thursday, Lincoln police said.

The state Medical Examiner’s office is investigating that part of the case, according to Department of Health spokesperson Joseph Wendelken.

“The cause of death is still pending,” Wendelken said.

The fire started at about 3:40 a.m. last Monday in a storage shed at the MacColl YMCA on Breakneck Hill Road. Police logs indicated the flames were under control about a half-hour later. The shed was about the size of a two-car garage and stored lawnmowers and other equipment used to take care of the facility’s fields.

Investigators from the Fire Marshal’s office were at the scene a short time after the fire was under control. Deputy State Fire Marshal John Dean said the burn injuries were apparently connected to the blaze, but he could not offer any details about the cause of the fire.

“This remains under investigation,” he said.

The burns on Andrews were not discovered by police until Wednesday, when logs show police were called to a home on Cecile Street.

“A man has burns,” a Lincoln police detective reported to a dispatcher, according to the logs.

Police Chief Brian Sullivan said Andrews’ burns were serious enough that it was determined he needed to go to the hospital. Sullivan said Andrews died before he was able to give investigators a statement.

“We haven’t ruled anything out,” Sullivan said.

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau.