Death of Lincoln YMCA employee under investigation

Death of Lincoln YMCA employee under investigation

Lincoln police can’t confirm man’s burns were related to shed fire last week at MacColl Field

LINCOLN – Questions remain unanswered following the death of a YMCA employee and a fire that destroyed a shed at the YMCA property at MacColl Field in Lincoln.

Investigations are ongoing on two fronts: an early morning fire broke out in a shed at the YMCA last Monday, April 17, where lawnmowers and other field maintenance equipment were stored and the death of employee Kyle Andrews, 48, of Lincoln, who died three days later, after police confirmed he had burns.

Capt. Philip Gould said there was no one on the scene when first responders arrived at about 3:40 a.m. last Monday, and flames were controlled in about 30 minutes.

As of press time this week, Andrews’ death was not being connected to the shed fire, Gould said.

“It’s something we cannot prove,” he said.

Last Wednesday, Gould said, detectives from the department were conducting follow-up investigation work “unrelated to the (fire) scene at that time,” and had spoken with Andrews, when Lincoln officers reported Andrews had burns and needed medical attention.

He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, and died Thursday morning, April 20, Gould said.

“It’s a tragedy what happened, and we’re not exactly sure how they connect … the reality is, we don’t know,” Gould said.

Tuesday of this week, Joseph Wendelken, spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Health, confirmed the state medical examiner’s office is investigating the cause of Andrews’ death.

Charlie Clifford, CEO of the YMCA, said Andrews had worked for the company since April 2011, and was a maintenance assistant.

“The community is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of one of its members,” Gould said.

He added that he hoped people would respect Andrews’ family during their time of grief, and “respect the process” of the investigations.