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UPDATE: Woman Who Died in Eveleth House Fire Was On Oxygen

Updated: January 19, 2020 11:09 PM

Eveleth Police Chief Tim Koivunen says the woman who died in a house fire in Eveleth on Tuesday was on oxygen, but could not confirm whether she was smoking. 

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Koivunen said 77-year-old Bonnie Mae Phinney was found in the home after the fire was extinguished.

Koivunen says Phinney had called authorities for help at 10:58 a.m. and said she was unable to get out of the home in the 700 block of North Court Road.

Koivunen says Phinney was the only one who lived in the home, and the only one there at the time of the fire.

Flames were coming from the main floor when Eveleth police arrived at the home a few minutes later. Flames, heavy smoke, and heat prevented authorities from entering the building.

Video captured by WDIO on the scene showed flames engulfing the two-story structure. 

A couple of hours later, the home appeared to be a total loss.  Police blocked access to Fayal Avenue from Park Avenue and from Clay Street while firefighters worked at the scene.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire. An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

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