Man found dead in St. Cloud house fire identified

7:43 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud police have identified the man who was killed in an early morning house fire on Saturday.

Kyle Kopischke of Comfrey died in the fire at 520 Eighth Ave. S.

The St. Cloud Fire Department responded at 3:25 a.m. They found the first floor of the house engulfed in flames.

Four people lived in the complex. Two were home at the time. A 22-year-old was injured. Police did not name that person. The cause of death is waiting on an autopsy from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office.

The 23-year-old was a graduate of Alexandria Technical & Community College. He applied and was accepted at St. Cloud Technical & Community College but did not enroll, said Heidi Everett, a spokeswoman for the college.

Fire investigators met this morning to discuss the fire investigation and an announcement on the cause could come this afternoon, Fire Chief Bill Mund said.

The fire scene remained secured this morning, Mund said.

It is the first fire fatality in St. Cloud since Jan. 13, 2011, when a 69-year-old Charles Lidberg was killed after a kitchen fire at 1320 Ninth Ave. NE.

The fire required 40 St. Cloud firefighters with help from Sauk Rapids, Sartell, Waite Park and St. Augusta. The other departments helped spell firefighters and covered St. Cloud's station's while firefighters battled the fire. At least three other calls, all medicals, came in during the seven hours it took to fight the fire, Mund said.

It is the second major fire in the neighborhood in two years. A discarded cigarette started a fire Nov. 5, 2010, at 417 Eighth Ave. S. One person received second-degrees burns and the fire caused about $110,000 in damage.

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