On Thursday (11/1) at approximately 8:00 a.m., a passing motorist spotted smoke coming out of a house at 5025 Route 21 in the Town of Marion. When troopers arrived they observed the home on fire. Flames were shooting out of the roof.
Within minutes of their arrival, the Marion and Williamson Fire Departments were on scene battling the structure fire with both water and fire retardant foam. Insulation and portions of the walls and ceilings covered much of the floor area. Although the fire was quickly contained, hot spot areas kept fire fighters on the scene until noon. Once the fire was under control, entry was gained and firefighters located a male victim in the home.
Investigators believe the victim, Robert S. Kymble, age 63, owned the home and was the only one in the residence at the time of the fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner, Dr. David Hannan. A positive identification will be done and the results of that will be released later. Kymble’s body was removed and transported to Newark-Wayne Hospital.
Kymble’s brother, John Kymble, who resides in Victor, arrived at the scene after being contacted by State Police.
Kymble was a life-long resident of Marion and lived with his mother in the house his father built, until her death in 1999. He reportedly was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had worked at the Veterans Administration.
Firefighters discovered Kymble’s body on the floor in a common area between the living room and kitchen. According to State Police Investigator Andrew Jasie, there was no immediate, obvious cause, or origin to the fire. The house was extensively damaged and deemed unlivable. It was determined Kymble died from smoke inhalation. The investigation is continuing at this time.