January 01, 2018 01:29 PM
Authorities say the victim of an apartment fire Wednesday evening in Ely died as a result of medical complications, Duluth TV station WDIO reports.
David Curtis Cashman, 70 of Ely, died before the fire, according to the Ely Fire Department.
The Ely Fire Department was dispatched at 5 p.m. to a report of a fire at the Grahek Apartments in Ely. Authorities said there were initial reports of flames and smoke coming from the windows of a third story apartment.
Residents of the apartment were safely evacuated to the nearby Ely-Bloomenson Hospital. A representative with the Red Cross said they helped 11 residents find somewhere to stay overnight.
The Adventure Inn and Super 8 in Ely took in the residents. Residents were allowed back into their apartments Thursday afternoon.
The cause of the fire appeared to be smoking materials and it was ruled accidental.
Created: January 01, 2018 01:29 PM
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