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UPDATE: Sunday’s fatal apartment fire was the second one in less than 8 months

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DULUTH, MN-- The fatal fire that broke out at a two-story, eight-plex apartment Sunday is still under investigation.

The April 4 fire, at 631 East 3rd Street happened around 1 p.m., Duluth firefighters contained the flames to a bedroom in one apartment.

“Working smoke detectors alerted the other residents to the fire and are responsible for getting them out safely,” Deputy Chief Jon Otis said.

According to the Duluth Fire Department, this was the second structure fire that occurred at the location in less than eight months.

The first fire happened back in August where another person was killed in a fire.
The city said the building was condemned after the August fire and no one was allowed to live there any longer.

However, housing inspectors lifted that order a month later allowing the landlord to begin renting to tenants again.

Officials say the final cause of the fire is being investigated as an accidental fire.

The victim has not yet been identified.

This is still developing, tune in tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest.


DULUTH, MN-- One person is dead following a Sunday afternoon fire in Duluth.

Just before 1 P.M, crews responded to a structure fire at 631 E. 3rd Street, at a two-story eight-plex.

Upon arrival, crews found a fire in the bedroom of a first-floor apartment.

According to a press release, crews were able to quickly knock down the flames without spread.

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 pending family notification.

No other injuries were reported.

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.

Damages are estimated to $5,000 for room and contents.

Crews from Headquarters, U.M.D., and Lincoln Park responded to this fire.

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

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Natalie Grant

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