Man dies in North Minneapolis house fire


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House fires happen more commonly in the winter in colder climates like Minnesota.

A man was found dead in his home in North Minneapolis after firefighters responded to a house fire. Crew responded around 8:20 p.m. and when arrived, they found that the first floor was completely consumed by the fire.

Firefighters had to force themselves through the front door and started extinguishing the fire from the inside. They started on the first floor to prevent the fire from spreading to the others. The crew found the man’s body on the first floor. He lived alone in the house. The fire started in the first-floor bedroom, said assistant chief Melanie Rucker.

The victim was later identified as 71-year-old Ronald Alvin White. His official cause of death was smoke inhalation.

No injuries of the crew were reported and the home will be boarded up.