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Nevis fire victim remains in critical condition after Minneapolis fire

Sadie Norlin (Family photo)

One week after a fatal Minneapolis fire a Nevis graduate remains in critical but stable condition.

Sadie Norlin, 27, is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center, being treated for smoke inhalation.

The 2002 Nevis High School graduate is the daughter of Steve and Betty Norlin of Park Rapids.

Betty Norlin said doctors believe they have removed most of the soot from her daughter's lungs but her long-term prognosis remains guarded. She remains on a ventilator.

Her roommate, 25-year-old Adam Briesemeister, died of apparent smoke inhalation. Two other housemates escaped the fire without injuries. Briesemeister's room was on the second floor of the wood home. Sadie Norlin's was on the third floor.

Over the weekend Steve and Betty Norlin attended a memorial service for Briesemeister.

Fire crews found Briesemeister's body in the house and Sadie Norlin was rescued in critical condition.

Firefighters used a ladder to rescue the other two housemates from the second floor. A fifth roommate was not at the home when the fire was discovered at 6 a.m. March 21 by a passerby. It is believed the fire started on the porch of the house, but no official cause has been determined.

A fund has been set up for Sadie Norlin at TruStar Federal Credit Union in Park Rapids, PO Box 729. It is called the Sadie Norlin Benefit Account.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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