One person killed in fire at St. Paul staple Stasny's Food Market

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A fire at a St. Paul grocery store and meat shop killed one man early Thursday.

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The blaze at Stasny's Food Market, located at 1053 Western Ave., started around 2 a.m. the St. Paul Fire Department said.

Firefighters on the scene recovered a male victim in the basement about half an hour later, according to the department, and were still working to put out the blaze at that time.

Stasny's Food Market has been around for nearly a century.

The Pioneer Press did an interview with Jim Stasny, the market's owner, back in 2010. He explained his grandfather started at the store in 1922, and it's since been passed down two generations.

Update: KARE 11 and the Star Tribune both say the victim was 77-year-old Stu Gerr, a butcher at the market who recently turned 77 years old.

He was featured in a video by MonitorStPaul on YouTube a few years ago.

KSTP says four people were living above the store and got out.

According to WCCO, the fire department says the store's first floor collapsed due to the heat.

The department tweeted the fire marshal has been notified.

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