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Firefighters find body while battling Polk County house fire

Little was left of a Polk County home Friday after fire swept through the structure, where a body was later found inside. (Submitted photo)

A house fire turned deadly Friday in rural Polk County, according to authorities.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said firefighters extinguishing a blaze in the 2400 block of 90th Street in the town of Bone Lake discovered a body inside the home. Crews responded to the scene -- located near Luck -- after receiving a report at 8:54 a.m. of a structure fire there.

Authorities did not release the victim’s name pending positive identification and family notification. The remains were sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka, Minn.

The incident is under investigation by Polk County investigators, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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