The identify of the man who was found dead after a fire at 62 Halsey Street on Tuesday afternoon is now known.

On July 12th  at 3:34 P.M., the Newport Fire Department responded to the Newport Tradesman Center at 62 Halsey Street for a smoke investigation. A short time later a small fire was discovered by a worker on site that was quickly extinguished by Newport Fire Department. After further investigation a man was found, recovered and was pronounced dead by NFD personnel.

Photo of Luke Walker

Luke Walker, 57, of Middletown has been identified as the man who was found by responders.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division along with the Newport Fire Department Fire Marshal as well as the Rhode Island State Police and Rhode Island State Fire Marshal office.

Walker was well known for his woodworking and restoration of vintage Indian motorcycles, he has had a shop in the Newport Tradesman Center for many years.

Many may remember Walker from when the community rallied behind him back in May of 2013, after he was struck by a car while driving his motorcycle on West Main Road in Middletown. Walker lost his right leg and suffered traumatic brain injury from the accident.

Newport Patch wrote about the incident and the support Walker received following the accident in October of 2013 – Friends Rally Around Middletown Resident Injured in Motorcycle Accident

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