Authorities Investigate Cause of 3 Separate Fatal House Fires in Minn.

December 27, 2017 07:16 AM

Authorities are investigating what caused the three house fires in a couple days that claimed the lives of at least five people, including a child.

The fires occurred in Marshall, Hibbing and Lakeville.

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The fire in Hibbing Tuesday morning sent two children to the hospital. One of them remains in critical condition. The second child, and two adults caught in the fire, did not survive.

Friends said the adults were dedicated parents and that the man was a recently-retired Hibbing firefighter.

"It is always difficult for the emergency services when we have to deal with the loss of life, no matter who or what it is," Hibbing Fire Department Chief Erik Jankila said. "Children, adults, it's always no fun."

RELATED: 3 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured in Hibbing Fire

The cause of the fire is not yet known. The state Fire Marshals office is assisting the Hibbing Fire Marshal in the investigation.

Also Tuesday morning, a man was killed in a fire at a residence on Jasmine Way in Lakeville.

RELATED: 1 Killed in Early-Morning Fire in Lakeville

Officials said another man and a woman made it out of the burning residence. Although the man who died in the fire has not yet been identified, a family friend told KSTP he is devastated by the news.

""I honestly want to go there right now and see what's going on, because this is a tragedy," Roy Atshan said. "This is a great family, an intelligent family. A family with so much potential and I'm heartbroken."

Meanwhile, one person died after a house fire in Marshall Monday afternoon.

RELATED: 1 Dead in Marshall Home Fire

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the person who died and are also investigating the fire's cause.

RELATED: What You Need to Know about Fire Deaths in Minnesota

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