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                                                 Saint Cloud Police Department
                                                 101 11th Avenue North, Saint Cloud, MN 56303
                                                 320-345-4444 | www.ci.stcloud.mn.us | Wm. Blair Anderson, Chief of Police


DATE:              11/29/2012

NATURE OF INCIDENT: Updated information regarding house fire
ICR: 12053126
INCIDENT DATE: 11/24/2012
INCIDENT TIME: 324 HOURS
INCIDENT LOCATION: 520 8th Avenue South, City of St. Cloud, Stearns County
BY: Sergeant Jason Burke




 The following information has been provided through the St. Cloud Fire Department regarding the
 investigation into the house fire at the above address. The fire has been determined to be accidental in
 nature and the investigation has been closed. The fire started in the kitchen and extended thoughout the
 walls, ceilings and roof of the ballon framed structure. On 11/27/2012 an Electrical Engineer determined
 that two rear burners on the electric stovetop were in the on position and operating at the time of the fire,
 one burner being on high, the other was on medium-high. A disabled smoke alarm was found on a shelf in
 the victim's upstairs bedroom with the battery removed. The structure was not equipped with a fire sprinkler
 system. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the incident. The other victim, identified
 as Kevin Matthew Murphy, a 22 year old male from St. Cloud, was treated for his injuries, including smoke
 inhilation, at the St. Cloud Hospital the night of the incident. Murphy's location inside the residence at the
 time of the fire is unknown.




The City of St. Cloud, Minnesota will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, status with
regard to public assistance, familial status or sexual orientation. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to
participate in all city services, programs and activities.

				
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