MEDIA RELEASE 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.