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UPDATE: Conklin identified as victim of Menahga house fire

Emergency first responders located a deceased individual in a burning home Wednesday night in Menahga.

Wadena County dispatch received a 911 call regarding a house on fire at 10:29 p.m. Feb. 13 at 614 2nd Street SE in Menahga, according to a Wadena County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The Menahga Police Department arrived on scene within minutes and found the residence was fully engulfed in flames. The Menahga and Sebeka Fire Departments extinguished the fire, which took almost three hours.

During this time, a deceased individual was located inside the residence. The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy and identification confirmation. The victim of the fire has been identified as 57-year-old James Conklin, the owner of the house and longtime resident of the City of Menahga.

Menahga First Responders, Tri-County Ambulance, the State Fire Marshal,Minnesota Power and Minnesota Energy Resources also assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire is pending investigation.