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4th Person Dies after Hibbing Fire

December 27, 2017 11:15 PM

A second child has died following Tuesday's house fire in Hibbing, bringing the total fire deaths to four. Firefighters say one of the victims, a retired firefighter, helped one grandson out of the house but did not make it out alive.

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The Hibbing Fire Department said 67-year-old Steve Gillitzer and 63-year-old Pat Gillitzer passed away in the early morning fire at their home on Tuesday.  Two grandsons, 9-year-old Todd Jacob Gillitzer, Jr., and 4-year-old Isaiah Anteus Adams, died after being taken to hospitals.

Todd's brother Jonathan had been inside the home as well.  According to the Hibbing Fire Department, Jonathan said his grandfather woke him up and led him out of the burning house.

The grandfather then tried to rescue other family members, but did not make it out alive.

According to Jacob's GoFundMe page, Jonathan was being treated at Fairview Range in Hibbing for smoke inhalation.

Steve Gillitzer was a retired firefighter for the Hibbing Fire Department, where he worked for 24 1/2 years. He had risen to the rank of captain before retiring in 2000.

Friends like Mark Spagnolo are posting more about the Gillitzers on Facebook. He wrote, "Steve and I covered countless miles on our bicycles ove the years. He particularly enjoyed Fatbiking, and had just purchased a set of studded tires."

Zach Johns wrote this, "I wish we could have hiked many more miles together. But the memories we all made together will last forever."

The GoFundMe page for Jacob's family is here: https://www.gofundme.com/jacobsfunds It lists a bank in Benson, as the place to send memorials.


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