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Police: Saginaw house fire that killed Lansing man deemed suspicious

Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 13:28:16-04

SAGINAW, Mich. — Investigators are looking into the cause of a deadly house fire in Saginaw, but they are calling it suspicious.

Michigan State Police say the fire Monday morning killed 37-year-old Gregory Cross of Lansing.

He was at his uncle's home on Bancroft Street visiting family for the Easter holiday when the fire started shortly after 2 a.m., state police said.

The homeowner, his two grandchildren ages 17 and 11, and a great-grandchild age 9 months were able to escape the fire.

Fire officials are working on a two-pronged investigation, as a pickup truck parked behind the truck also burned. It was parked far enough from the house that investigators believe it may have caught fire separate from the house.

The fire appears to have started in the front room, where Cross' body was found.

Michigan State Police fire investigators were at the home for several hours Monday and a K9 team was there to determine whether an accelerant of some kind was used.

An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of Cross' death

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