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Rural Milaca man reportedly dies in Sunday fire

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 5:08 pm

A 67-year-old rural Milaca man has reportedly died after he was unable to escape the home he was living in after it became engulfed in flames this past Sunday, June 9, 2019, according to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge.

The sheriff’s office reports that at approximately 7:47 a.m., Sunday, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputies, Milaca Fire Department, Princeton Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance Service responded to 13732 52nd Avenue, Borgholm Township after receiving a report of a residential fire with a trapped individual.

Deputies arrived at the scene and learned that Timothy Alkire, 67, of rural Milaca, was still trapped inside the residence when rescue crews arrived. His mother Alyce Alkire, 93, reported that she is Timothy’s caregiver as he had been previously paralyzed from a stroke and he was still inside his bedroom. Deputies attempted to make an entry, but were driven back by flames and heavy smoke. Local fire departments were able to extinguish the fire upon arrival and human remains, believed to be Timothy Alkire, were recovered from inside the residence and were turned over to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. No other persons were reported being present inside the residence at the time of the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal. There have been no identified indications that this fire was anything but a tragic accident, according to the sheriff’s office.

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