85-Year-Old Man Dies in Apartment Fire

An 85-year-old man died in a late January apartment fire in Minneapolis.

The three-story brick building had a fire that broke out on the second floor, but firefighters were able to quickly put it out.

The site of the now-closed Roundup Beer Hall, police officers said that the man lived in a second floor apartment and was found dead when firefighters conducted a search of the building after the fire. Several neighbors said the man’s name was Donald A. Morgan, whom they said lived in the building for many years and used to be the caretaker of the building before it was sold a number of years ago.

A woman, Pamela Boyd, who lives in a third floor apartment with her son, called 911 before fleeing outside with her son and dogs. She had smelled the smoke for about 10 minutes before making the call. She said she was unable to save her cat.

Boyd had lived in the building for over a decade and told police that only two apartments were occupied and those were hers and Morgan’s. She said she didn’t see any fire, but she did see the smoke. Fortunately, her smoke alarm went off and her dogs came running to her.

Boyd said she heard noises before the fire, but she was not sure if they were related to the incident.

Right now, the cause of the fire is unknown. The building on 35W and E. Lake Street is easily seen by the nearby freeway, as it is the site of a digital billboard on the roof that is owned by Clear Channel.

If you or a loved one has become the victim of an incident that may have been preventable, those negligence parties may be held responsible for their actions. To learn more about the options that may be available, contact a licensed injury attorney in Minneapolis at TSR Injury Law for a free consultation. Ph: (612) TSR-TIME.

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