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Man found dead after trailer fire in Worthington's Sungold Heights

The Worthington Police Department, State Fire Marshal and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating.

A Friday morning fire at a trailer in Worthington's Sungold Heights led to the discovery of a deceased adult male inside.
A Friday morning fire at a trailer in Worthington's Sungold Heights led to the discovery of a deceased adult male inside.
Tim Middagh / The Globe
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WORTHINGTON — The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a fatal fire that occurred in Sungold Heights trailer park, 1539 N. Spring Ave., Lot 69, Friday morning in Worthington.

The body of a deceased adult male was found inside the home Friday afternoon. Identification of the individual is pending a full autopsy.

Friday morning fire at Sungold Heights destroys a trailer, one fatality found during Fire Marshal investigation.
The scene of the fire is taped off as the investigation into the fire continues.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

The Worthington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of the trailer fire at 7:03 a.m. Friday. Fire Chief Pat Shorter said the trailer was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Firefighters spent approximately four hours battling the blaze, and the trailer was a total loss.

It wasn’t until the state fire marshal and Shorter combed through the debris Friday afternoon that they discovered the dead man.

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Friday morning fire at Sungold Heights destroys a trailer, one fatality found during Fire Marshal investigation.
A Friday morning fire at a trailer in Worthington's Sungold Heights led to the discovery of a deceased adult male inside.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

“We have a deceased male who is being transported to the Ramsey County coroner’s office for investigation,” Shorter said. The scene is also under investigation, which is a standard procedure in a fatal fire.

Due to the amount of damage, Shorter said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

“There is so much destroyed that it will probably be undetermined permanently,” Shorter said.

The scene remains under investigation by the Minnesota Fire Marshal's Office and the Worthington Police Department.

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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