Three people died and five people were injured in a mobile home fire Friday morning in the Town of Lake Holcombe in Chippewa County, according to law enforcement officials.
Chippewa County Sheriff’s Captain Eugene Gutsch says the fire started in a structure attached to the mobile home at 29724 County Highway M, just north of Holcombe, and then spread around 8:45 a.m.
Captain Gutsch says a child, an elderly gentleman and a middle-aged man were killed and five people were transported to a local hospital or flown to a hospital in Minneapolis for treatment. Captain Gutsch says it's unknown at this point if they were all related.
Earlier in the day, there were reports that one person was missing. The child was later found dead in the home, Captain Gutsch said.
At this point, investigators do not know how the fire started. They have applied for an inspection warrant so they can have access to the property to continue their investigation. Captain Gutsch said investigators need the warrant because the people in the home are either deceased or were transported for medical care.
The Department of Criminal Investigation is assisting investigators from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office.