An adult and a dog died in a house fire Monday morning in Inver Grove Heights.
The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department responded to a fire at a home on Dickson Avenue just before 7:30 a.m. July 12, where they found a light amount of fire but heavy smoke conditions, a news release says.
A neighbor told firefighters multiple people lived in the home and he wasn't sure how many were inside.
Firefighters searched the home, where they found an adult dead, the release says. A dog also didn't survive. No other victims were found.
The fire department says the fire appears to be accidental but an investigation is ongoing.
According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, at least 15 people have died in fires in Minnesota this year. At the same time last year, 37 people had died in fires, with a total of 53 people dying in fires in the state in all of 2020, preliminary data show.