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9-year-old girl who was critically injured in van fire now in 'serious condition'

Nine-year-old Taraji White, who remains in critical condition. Photo: Submitted by family friend
Nine-year-old Taraji White, who remains in critical condition.

Updated: August 16, 2019 08:03 PM

A 9-year-old girl who was critically injured in a vehicle fire in a Fridley Walmart parking lot is now in "serious condition" as of Friday, according to a Hennepin County Medical Center employee.

Taraji White is the girl mentioned. Her 6-year-old sister, Ty'rah White, died from the injuries she suffered in the fire.

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Complaint: Fatal Fridley van fire potentially started from hot stove in back of vehicle

Court documents state Roberto Lino Hipolito, 70, faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of negligent fire. 

According to the criminal complaint, officials from the Anoka County Fire Investigation Team, as well as the State Fire Marshal, concluded through a preliminary investigation the fire may have been caused by a cookstove that had been recovered.

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