Update: MN man arrested after baby dies in fire

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The St. Louis County sheriff's office says they've made an arrest in the fire that left an 11-month-old baby dead on Thursday morning.

The suspect, who reports say is a 24-year-old man, is now facing multiple charges, including second-degree manslaughter and child neglect, a news release says.

GoMN does not typically name suspects until they are formally charged with a crime. 

The man is also facing drug-related charges. His relation to the victim is not known yet. 

The infant, meanwhile, has been identified as Bentley Joe Lewis Koski, who was found dead by firefighters inside a home in Tower at approximately 7:39 a.m.

Authorities say they're still investigating the cause of the fire, though they don't believe it was caused by arson.

The original story, published August 3, is below: 

Firefighters in northeastern Minnesota made a horrific discovery in a smoke-filled house on Wednesday: an 11-month-old baby dead, apparently as a result of the fire. 

Now, the cause of that fire is under investigation.

The blaze started Wednesday morning in a two-story home in the town of Tower. When firefighters arrived, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department says, flames and smoke were already "billowing out" of the windows.

The infant was found dead inside, according to a news release from the department. 

As of Thursday morning the baby hasn't been identified (authorities say they're withholding names until family members are notified), but the Duluth News Tribune reports the infant was a boy. 

The paper also says it's unclear whether anyone else was in the home at the time. 

Fire deaths in Minnesota 

It's been a dangerous – and deadly – year where fires are concerned in Minnesota. 

Last month, the Fergus Falls Journal reported there have already been 30 fire-related fatalities in the state this year. 

That's compared with 36 fire deaths for the entire year of 2016, indicating an increase that "has firefighters concerned," the paper says. 

For tips on how to prevent fires in your home, click here.

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