A 67-year-old rural Milaca man died after he was unable to escape the home he was living in after it became engulfed in flame Sunday morning, Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge reports.

A news release from the county sheriff states that at approximately 7:47 a.m. Sunday, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputies, Milaca Fire Department, Princeton Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance Service responded to 13732 52nd Avenue, Borgholm Township after receiving a report of a residential fire involving a trapped individual.

Deputies arrived at the scene and learned that Timothy Alkire, 67, of rural Milaca, was still trapped inside the residence when rescue crews arrived.

His mother Alyce Alkire, 93, reported that she is Timothy’s caregiver as he had been previously paralyzed from a stroke and he was still inside his bedroom.

Deputies attempted to make an entry but were driven back by flames and heavy smoke.

Local fire departments were able to extinguish the fire upon arrival Alkire's body was recovered from inside the residence and were turned over to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, which confirmed earlier this week that Alkire died as a result of smoke inhalation and thermal injury due to fire. 

No other persons were reported being present inside the residence at the time of the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal.

There have been no identified indications that the fire was anything but a tragic accident, according to the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office.

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