MENAHGA-Emergency first responders located a deceased individual in a burning building Wednesday night in Menahga.
That victim has been identified as 57-year-old James Conklin, the owner of the home and long-time resident of Menahga, according to a Wadena County Sheriff press release.
Wadena County dispatch received a 911 call regarding a house on fire at 10:29 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 614 Second Street SE in Menahga, according to the press release.
The Menahga Police Department arrived on scene within minutes and found the residence was fully engulfed in flames. The Menahga and Sebeka Fire Departments arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, which took almost 3 hours.
During this time, Conklin was located inside the residence deceased. His body was transported to the medical examiner's office for autopsy and identification confirmation.
The Menahga Police Department was assisted by the Menahga Fire Department, Sebeka Fire Department, Wadena County Sheriff's Office, Menahga First Responders, Tri-County Ambulance, State Fire Marshal, Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, Minnesota Power and Minnesota Energy Resources.
The cause of the fire is pending investigation.