Olivia fire claims one life

OLIVIA – One person died in a fire reported at 7:09 a.m. Thursday at Westcourt Apartments, 500 13th St. South in Olivia. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from an apartment. After the fire was extinguished, a body was found in the apartment. Identity of the victim is pending full identification by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County, according an Olivia Police news release.

The fire was contained to one apartment but smoke damage was reported in 15 other apartments. About 15 people were temporarily displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced with their immediate needs and helping secure temporary living arrangements.

Olivia Fire and Police and the State Fire Marshall are investigating the fire.

Other assisting agencies are the Renville County Sheriff’s Office and Olivia Ambulance.

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