1 dead, 1 hospitalized after fire in N. Minneapolis

- An 82-year-old man died dead and a woman was hospitalized following a house fire in north Minneapolis on Thursday night. 

The fire was contained to a small, one-story home on 4050 Russell Avenue North around 6 p.m., but investigators haven't identified the cause of the blaze that appeared to start in the living room.

Fire crews found a 62-year-old woman with smoke inhalation exiting the back of the house. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, though her condition is unknown at this time.

While searching the house, crews found an 82-year-old man, who uses a wheelchair, in a front bedroom. Paramedics performed CPR but he was pronounced dead on-scene. There was smoke and fire damage to the entire first floor of the home and parts of the basement.

"An investigation of fire cause revealed no suspicious findings. The area of origin appears to have been the living room. Due to the fact that an exact cause for the fire has not been identified, the cause of the fire is undetermined. The investigation into the cause of this fire will remain open," Minneapolis Fire Assistant Chief of Administration Bryan Tyner said in a news release.

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