Officials with Walker Public Safety believe a kitchen appliance failure caused the fire inside the Needham Court home. A neighbor kicked in the door after seeing the fire and pulled Lillis, who used a wheelchair, out.
Calls came in at about 8 p.m. about the blaze, but Walker officials say the fire likely burned for several hours before that.
It took crews about 30 minutes to contain the fire after arriving on the scene.
An autopsy will be performed to determine Lillis’ cause of death.