Woman found dead after house fire in Pine County

A man was able to escape the Tuesday evening fire.
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Authorities are investigating after a woman was found dead following a house fire in rural Pine County Tuesday night. 

According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, the fire was reported at 7:53 p.m., with the first deputy to arrive at the scene – off of Hwy. 23 to the west of Hwy. 107 near Brook Park – finding the home completely engulfed in flames. 

The 911 caller was a man who owned the home. He told authorities that he and his wife were in separate rooms of the house when he noticed fire and smoke. He escaped and tried to re-enter the home through a different door to find his wife, but was unsuccessful. 

He then drove to Brook Park to call 911. 

Fire departments from Brook Park, Pine City and Hinckley responded and got the fire under control to allow firefighters to enter the home, where they found the female homeowner deceased. 

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The 62-year-old woman has not yet been identified. Her body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy. 

The man was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of his injuries and is now being assisted by the Red Cross with temporary housing. 

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. 

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