The name of the deceased person in structure fire (information below) at 413 North Fourth Street is Howard Vern Easton, age 64, Mankato.
Public Safety responded to a structure fire in a fourth-floor apartment at 413 North Fourth Street at 2:03 a.m. this morning (March 19). Firefighters extinguished the fire. Upon arrival, a person was found not breathing. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, and the 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 systems were activated. Damages are estimated at $100,000. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.