3 Dead, 1 Critical In Mora Apartment Fire

WEB EXTRA: Mora Apartment Fire Photo Gallery

MORA, Minn. (WCCO) — Three people were killed and another person was critically injured in a Thursday morning apartment fire.

According to the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Department, the fire happened at a four-plex at about 7 a.m.

Three people were safely evacuated from the home, but crews later discovered two adults and one juvenile victim dead on the scene.

Another adult has been airlifted to the Twin Cities for hospitalization. That person was reported to be in critical condition.

“Everything was fine, then it wasn’t fine,” said Gary Norling. “I just don’t know what to say.”

When Norling left this apartment in the morning, he said his wife told him she was ready to leave shortly after.

“I didn’t think she was home. She went to work, you know, and then as I walked around there, then her car was there. Then I knew something was bad then, cause, you know, she didn’t go to work,” said Norling.

The Sheriff’s Department told Norling his wife, 68-year-old Shirley Norling, died in the fire.

“According to what they told me, like she wasn’t burned. She died of smoke inhalation,” said Norling.

The two had just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and have four grandchildren.

“It’s terrible. I don’t know what to do,” Norling said. “I don’t know what the next thing will be.”

He isn’t the only one grieving. Two others lost their lives, a father and his 12-year-old child who was a student at Trailview Elementary.

The Sheriff’s Department has yet to confirm the identities of the victims.

“It’s a sad day in Kanabec County and the City of Mora,” said Sheriff Steve Schulz, Sheriff of Kanabec County.

The Minnesota Fire Marshal has been summoned to help investigate the scene. The Mora Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol also assisted at the scene.

The Red Cross was on hand to assist a number of families in finding temporary shelter.

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  • karen

    Our tight knit community is very, very saddened by this tragic event. Our hearts are heavy and we grieve for those families who have lost so much.

    • drts

      karen: Your community is not alone in feeling very saddened by this tragedy.

  • Colleen

    What a terrible tragedy. Praying for the families.

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  • Kimberly Norling

    Thank you for your prayers for the families. The Norling family

    • Diane Wilbert

      Our prayers go out to all the family’s. Gary you our in my heart. You are a very special person. Great person who works at the American Legion Post #51 in Pine City. We all that the Legion will help you. God be with all the family’s. Diane Wilbert

  • gabby

    thats was my bestfriends dad and brother who died i miss him R.I.P Coleman and michal caley

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