A woman was found dead in an east-central Minnesota mobile home amid the charred remains of a fire that her husband escaped, authorities said Wednesday.
The blaze broke out Tuesday night on Hwy. 23 west of Hwy. 107 near Brook Park, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office said.
While the Sheriff’s Office has yet to point to how the fire started, it “does not appear to be suspicious,” said Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Widenstrom.
By the time the first sheriff’s deputy arrived, the home was “fully engulfed in flames,” a Sheriff’s Office statement read.
The man told authorities that he and his 62-year-old wife were in separate rooms when he noticed fire and smoke filling the house.
He said he got out of the house and made multiple attempts to re-enter and find his wife. He said he drove into Brook Park and called 911 before returning to the scene.
Once the fire was under control, fire personnel went in the home and located the woman’s body. Her husband was evaluated at a nearby hospital for his injuries.
Emergency responders reported from the scene that the woman was Annette L. Lazinski, whose husband is 70-year-old Gary L. Lazinski, according to dispatch audio.
The woman’s body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause of death.