An update to a fire that happened in Mankato in the middle of March. The name of deceased person in structure fire back at 413 North Fourth Street is Howard Vern Easton, age 64, of Mankato. The cause of death was acute carbon monoxide poisoning. The fire was the result of a kitchen appliance malfunction.
Original information said that:
Public Safety responded to a structure fire in a fourth-floor apartment at 413 North Fourth Street at 2:03 a.m. March 1). Firefighters extinguished the fire. Upon arrival, a person was found not breathing. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, and person was pronounced deceased. The name is not being released until family is notified. Two minor injuries were also reported; others evacuated the building safely.
Smoke alarm and sprinkler system were activated. Damages are estimated at $100,000. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.