Body found after mobile home fire in east-central Minnesota


At least one person is dead following a mobile home fire in east-central Minnesota.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says around midnight early Sunday, authorities got a report of a blaze at a home in Finlayson.

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The residence – a mobile home, according to the Star Tribune – was "fully engulfed" when responders arrived. Once it was put out, authorities found human remains inside, among scorched debris.

The Midwest Medical Examiners Office will identify the victim and perform an autopsy.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating; a possible cause was not released.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 10,800 mobile home fires in 2011. Those resulted in 161 deaths, 490 injuries and $151 million in property damage.

From 2007-2011, the fire death rate per 100,000 housing units for mobile homes was roughly the same as the rate for other one- or two-family homes, the association says.

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