36-year-old man dies after early morning fire in Duluth

The Duluth Fire Department is reporting a 36-year-old man died after a fire early Tuesday morning. The Duluth Fire Department is reporting a 36-year-old man died after a fire early Tuesday morning. |  Photo: Carl Sauer/WDIO

Updated: August 11, 2020 04:12 PM

Michael Simone, 36, died after an early morning fire in Duluth. The fire department reported they were called out around 2:30 a.m. to an apartment building at 631 E 3rd Street.

They said tenants were able to get an unconscious man out of the unit where the fire began and were attempting lifesaving efforts.

Shortly after first responders arrived, he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

One Engine and One Tower knocked the fire down in the apartment where the fire had started, and continued to fight the fire up the stairs. The fire was under control in 20 minutes.

The Red Cross was on scene and gave displaced residents resources for the next few days.

Damage to the building is estimated at $75,000. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by the Duluth Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Fire companies from Headquarters, Lincoln Park, and UMD responded to the incident. The Duluth Police Department assisted with traffic control and remained on scene throughout and after the fire.

The cause of death is also under investigation. This is the second fire fatality from a structure fire this year.

The first occurred on April 5 at a Lincoln Park structure fire. Before that, the last fire fatality was in 2017.

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