Authorities in Duluth, Minn., say one person was killed Sunday afternoon in a fire at an eight-unit apartment building that saw another fatal blaze last summer.
At 12:58 p.m., the Duluth Fire Department responded to a fire in the bedroom of a first-floor apartment, according to a news release. The fire at 631 E. Third St. was knocked down quickly and didn’t extend beyond the unit of origin.
The person was found dead when crews searched the apartment. The victim’s identity will be released after next of kin has been notified.
Forum News Service reported in September that the landlord of the uninsured brownstone apartment building struggled to take on needed repairs after a fire there in August that took the life of 36-year-old Michael Simone. The city intervened, ultimately displacing the other residents for a time.
The city has run into a handful of cases in recent years where landlords who lack insurance have been unable to make needed repairs after a fire, prompting the City Council last fall to consider an ordinance requiring landlords to carry insurance for their properties. The council eventually declined to take up the issue, sending it back to city administration.
The other building tenants were able to evacuate Sunday. Due to the limited building damage, they were able to remain in the apartment complex following the fire.
Crews were also able to rescue a dog that was in the apartment where the fire started. The dog was not injured and has been taken in by a neighbor for the time being.
This is the first Duluth fire fatality in 2021. Duluth had two fatalities in 2020 — one at this address and one at 305 N. 22nd Ave. W.