MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities have identified the homeless man who died Wednesday morning after starting a fire to keep warm in a vacant Minneapolis house.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said 57-year-old Lucious Varnado died of apparent smoke inhalation at 1:21 a.m.

Authorities found Varnado unconscious when they arrived at the house, located on the 1400 block of Barnes Avenue.

Varnado built the fire on the floor of a bedroom. The fire weakened the floor, causing two firefighters who responded to the scene to fall through and suffer minor injuries.

Comments (14)
  1. Twins FAN says:

    where is 14th and Barnes?

  2. Sam I am says:

    Who builds a fire inside on the floor of the first floor.

  3. red says:

    what idiot builds a fire on the floor of a bedroom?

  4. good guy says:

    sad that he died, but that has got to be the most insanely idiotic thing I have ever heard. I think all of us are now dumber, as a result of reading what he did. Hard to believe he lived to 57.

  5. angus says:

    Who builds a fire inside a house? Someone who is desperate, may have alcohol/drug problems clouding his judgment, is mentally ill, may have thought it was out, no one can say for certain. We do not know what happened but it is easy to rush forward with accusations

    Be glad and thankful you are not in his position and remember there are others on the street in the same condition.

  6. rocky says:

    A few bricks short of a full load, he should have been in a instatuition(spell?) But that takes tax money and we need it for a new Viking playground.

    1. brittany says:

      like “angus” stated we dont know what the reasoning was. but and instituion (spell?) !. And to say all of our money is going to a vikings play ground thats just idiotic. really what does that have to do with this poor mans death? NOTHING! Keep the comments to where the deserve to be. I think your the one a few bricks short..

  7. Deep Thinker says:

    Can you technically die in a vacant house? If you are in it, it is not vacant

  8. ang says:

    So sad. I feel so bad for all the poor homeless people especially in these freezing temperatures. Everyone needs to have compassion for them. Imagine having no place to go to in order to keep warm. It is so easy for those of us who have homes to just forget those who can’t just go inside when they’re cold. If it’s cold out we can just go in anytime we want to. There are so many homeless that are ignored and treated like they aren’t human simply because they are poor and have nowhere to live. No one is immune to the possibility of being out on the street. I pray for those poor souls who have no where to go.

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