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Rhinelander Man's Death Under Investigation

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday for a Rhinelander man found dead in a house fire.

The fire started around 4 a.m. Saturday at a home on Coon Street. While battling the flame, firefighters found a body in the garage.

There has been no positive I.D. on the body, but friends and family say the man was Darrell Gilman, the owner of the home. He lived there with his 17-year-old daughter, but she tells Newschannel 7 she was at her fiancé's house during the fire.

A family friend says he shot pool with Gilman the night before, and Darrell's car and cell phone were in their usual places, indicating he was at home.

The garage was burned to the ground, but a four-foot breezeway in between the house and the garage allowed the firefighters enough time to save most of the house.

The Wisconsin Fire Marshall's Office is investigating the scene, and the Rhinelander Police have an officer watching the home to protect the integrity of the scene.


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