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Polka-dotted house fire victim dies

Victim in polka-dot house fire in Grand Forks dies

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GRAND FORKS - The lone victim in the fire at the famous polka-dot house here has died, the Fire Department said today.

Firefighters were dispatched to 523 University Ave. at 10:48 p.m. Feb. 9. All the tenants had evacuated, except John Rodney Dillon Davis, 40.

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He was taken to Altru Hospital and transferred to Regions Medical Center in St. Paul, where he died.

The department determined the fire was caused by smoking in a room on the second floor. The blaze left considerable damage to that floor.

The house gained some Internet fame when its owners painted it in polka dots in last year.

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