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Girl, 6, caught in van fire outside Walmart dies from injuries

A 9-year-old is still in a critical condition.
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The 6-year-old girl burned in a car fire outside Walmart on Tuesday has died of her injuries.

The girl was in a minivan outside the Walmart at 8450 University Ave. NE. in Fridley Tuesday morning when a van parked next to it caught fire.

The fire spread to the van she was in along with her 9-year-old sister, with both suffering critical injuries.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office has announced Wednesday afternoon that the younger girl has died.

The girls' mother was in Walmart at the time of the fire, which was reported at 7:13 a.m.

The owner of the minivan that initially caught fire, 70-year-old Roberto Lino Hipolito, was arrested for probable cause negligent fires.

He has now been charged with one count of 2nd-degree manslaughter and two counts of negligent fire.

According to a criminal complaint, the fire possible started from a cookstove found in the back of Hipolito's van, in which he had slept overnight with his wife.

Surveillance footage showed Hipolito used the stove to cook something outside the van shortly before the fire, before placing it in the rear of his van without giving it enough time to cool down.

Hipolito then went into Walmart, leaving his wife in the vehicle when it caught fire. She was able to get out safely.

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