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Stephen Posniak (foreground), who was 64, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to his attorney, Mark Larson. He is shown during a fall court appearance. A Washington, D.C., resident and former federal employee was accused of causing one of the most destructive forest fires in Minnesota history. It was an area he had visited every year for 20 years for vacations, his lawyer said. (Duluth News Tribune file photo)

D.C. man charged in large 2007 Minnesota wildfire kills self

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A Washington, D.C., man charged with starting one of the largest forest fires in Minnesota history was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide at his home.

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Stephen George Posniak, 64, was indicted in October for allegedly starting the Ham Lake fire, which did substantial damage in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He pleaded not guilty to the charges last month in U.S. District Court in Duluth.

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