A person critically injured in a fire that ripped through a home in south Minneapolis late Monday has died, fire officials said.
The fire was already raging at the two-story home at 2427 Pleasant Av. S. when firefighters arrived shortly before 11 p.m. on Monday, according to Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief Chérie Penn. Authorities said the victim, who has not been identified pending notification of relatives, died shortly after being taken to Hennepin County Medical Center on Tuesday morning.
Property records show that the house is owned by Karl J. Vanden Branden.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
The death is the second fire fatality in Minneapolis this year, Penn said.
On the evening of Jan. 3, authorities discovered a man's body in a burning house on the 4900 block of Logan Avenue N., in the Shingle Creek neighborhood. The victim, later identified as 47-year-old Michael L. Klingelhoets, died of smoke inhalation, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.
The cause of that fire is being investigated by Minneapolis police, fire officials and the state fire marshal.
Shortly before Monday's fire in the Whittier neighborhood, authorities responded to another blaze on the 1600 block of Newton Avenue N., which displaced a family of three. No one was injured, but one firefighter was treated at a hospital for a minor knee injury and released, authorities said.