Fatal Fire in Duluth

Updated: April 04, 2021 10:31 PM
Created: April 04, 2021 06:22 PM

The Duluth Fire Department has reported the first fatal fire of the year.

At 12:58 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a structure fire report at 631 East 3rd Street. Upon arrival at the two-story eight-plex, crews found a fire in the bedroom of a first-floor apartment.

Crews began the fire attack and quickly knocked it down.

There was no extension of the fire, as extinguishment confined the fire to the unit of

A primary search of the apartment resulted in the discovery of a deceased individual.

The identity of the individual is not known at this time.

The identity will be released after the next of kin has been notified. The fire is under investigation by the Duluth Fire Marshal’s Office. No additional information is available at this time.

The other tenants in the building were able to evacuate their apartments. Crews were able to rescue a dog that was in the apartment where the fire began. The dog was not injured. One of the adjacent neighbors has taken the dog in for the time being.

Damage was limited to one apartment. The remaining tenants were able to remain in the apartment complex. Damage estimates are estimated to $5,000 for room and contents. Crews from Headquarters, U.M.D., and Lincoln Park responded to this fire.

According to City Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele, this is the second fatal fire at the building.  The last one occured in September.

"Our fire marshal condemned the building for human habitation.  It's my understanding that upon further inspection and completion of several tasks by the fire marshal's office, that the building was reopened for folks to live," explained Van Deal. "Unfortunately to have this happen now, there will be some steps that we work on internally and also engage with the property owner."

In 2020, the State of Minnesota saw an uptick in fire fatalities. Duluth had one fire fatality in 2020 and another in 2019.

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