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Individual found deceased in Menahga home 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 in the 600 block of 2nd Street SE in Menahga, accord...

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 in the 600 block of 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 arrived on scene and 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 medical examiner’s office for autopsy and identification confirmation. Identity of this individual will be withheld at this time pending notification of family, the sheriff’s press release stated.

The Menahga Police Department was assisted by the Menahga Fire Department, Sebeka Fire Department, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Menahga First Responders, Tri-County Ambulance, State Fire Marshal, Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office,  Minnesota Power and Minnesota Energy Resources.

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The cause of the fire is pending investigation.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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