Woman, dog die in south Minneapolis house fire

  • Updated: July 13, 2013 - 6:47 PM

A woman died late Friday night in south Minneapolis, despite firefighters’ attempts to find her in a burning house, officials said.

The Hennepin County Medical examiner did not release the woman’s name Saturday, saying that relatives had not been notified.

A dog also died in the blaze.

At 10:18 p.m. Friday, south side fire crews responded to a report of a house fire at 4539 Minnehaha, said Assistant Minneapolis Fire Chief Cherié Penn.

“Upon their arrival they found smoke showing from a side by side bungalow-style residence,” she said. “They were informed that someone was still in the home. Firefighters entered the house to search for the victim and extinguish the fire. A victim was found and removed from the building. Firefighters performed CPR on the victim but it was unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead on the scene.”

No one else was injured. The cause of the fire, which may have started in the kitchen, remained under investigation Saturday.

Joy Powell

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