Nov 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Investigators have closed the books on a deadly fire in St. Cloud last weekend.
St. Cloud Fire Marshal Mike Post says the fire at 520 Eighth Avenue South was caused when two burners on a kitchen stove were left on. The fire has been ruled accidental.
Twenty three year-old Kyle Kopischke died in the fire. Kopischke was originally from Comfrey, Minnesota. Another occupant--22 year-old Kevin Murphy--was able to escape the fire, and was treated and released from St. Cloud Hospital.
Post says a smoke alarm in Kopischke's second-floor bedroom had been taken down from a wall and was found on a shelf with the battery removed.
Alcohol is also believed to have been a contributing factor in the fire.
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