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Elderly man dies in fire at Chaska cabin motel


One person died in a fire that engulfed one of several cabins at a Chaska motel early Monday morning, according to media reports.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy fire coming from the windows of a twin-unit cabin, the Pioneer Press says.

One man was found dead in the twin-unit cabin. Another person was injured in a neighboring cabin that was impacted by the fire, the Star Tribune reports.

Chanhassen Fire Chief John Wolff described the man who died as "elderly," according to KARE 11. A neighbor told FOX 9 the victim was in his 80s and had lived at the Brookside Motel for about 15 years.

The Brookside Motel, located at 780 Flying Cloud Drive, is a cabin-style motel that provides low-income housing, according to media reports. There are at least a dozen cabins that make up the motel, the Star Tribune says.

The fire broke out at 2 a.m. and was under control in about 30 minutes. The cause is under investigation.

There are working smoke detectors in the cabins, but no sprinklers, which could have made a difference, Wolff said.

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