Fatal Minnesota Fire Claims Life and Leaves 2 Officers Injured
Virginia, MN (KROC-AM News) - Authorities on Minnesota's Iron Range say the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating a fatal Thanksgiving Day fire that left two law enforcement officers with injuries.
According to the website Northland FIREWIRE, the Police Department in Virginia reported that officers responded to a residence around 5 AM Thursday about a suicidal man and a fire. The responding officers found a garage converted into an apartment was on fire and the man was inside the structure.
Northland FIREWIRE reported that the officers attempted to convince the man to exit the burning building but were unsuccessful and heavy smoke and flames engulfed the residence. The victim's body was later recovered from the rubble.
The Virginia Police Department indicated that two of the officers involved in the incident suffered injuries. One of the officers is being treated for severe burns, while the other officer suffered from smoke inhalation and was treated and released.
The names of the victim and the injured officers have not been released. Firefighters from six Iron Range fire departments responded to the blaze.
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