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Hennepin County officials ID man who died in Minneapolis house fire as homeowner


MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County officials have identified a man who died in a recent house fire as the homeowner.

The Star Tribune reports ( ) 60-year-old Karl Vanden Branden died early Tuesday at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story home just before 11 p.m. Monday. The fire appeared to have started on the first floor before spreading to the rest of the house.

According to the Hennepin County medical examiner's officer, Vanden Branden died "of complications of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation."

Minneapolis police and fire officials and the State Fire Marshal's Office are still investigating whether the fire was an accident or if foul play was involved.

Vanden Branden was the city's second fire fatality of the year.

Information from: Star Tribune,

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