UPDATE: Fatal Sartell fire investigated as murder-suicide
Authorities say the deaths of the man and infant who were found in an apartment fire in Sartell, Minnesota are now being investigated as a murder-suicide. Sartell police have identified the man as 24-year-old Caleb Allen Clark. They say Clark died from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Thursday, January 19, fire fighters were called to the 300 block of 11th Avenue East for an apartment fire just after 8 p.m. The building was evacuated and police said a deceased male was found inside an apartment. While working the fire, police say a baby less than a year old was found and taken to an area hospital, where he later died.
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Officials are still investigating the cause of 4-month-old Hazel Kaloni Clark’s death but say it is now a homicide investigation.
Authorities say the State Fire Marshal determined the fire inside the Clarks’ apartment was intentionally set. Hubbard sister-station KSTP reports that the Clarks recently moved from Grand Forks to Sartell.
The entire incident remains under investigation but authorities say they don’t believe there is any threat to the public.