MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The person who was killed in an intense fire at a Maple Grove business earlier this week has been identified as 52-year-old Michele Mary Hanson.
Flames were spotted shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hanson Implement and Storage on Bass Lake Road. By the time fire crews arrived, the building was burning fast and hot. Firefighters worked quickly, knowing there were people inside the burning building.READ MORE: Daunte Wright Shooting: Demonstrators And Police Clash For 4th Night In Brooklyn Center
Two others were rescued from the building.
The building is a shop space for RV and boat storage and maintenance. A small office space was on the south end of the building, above that space was a small living quarters.READ MORE: 'These Kids Are Going To Be Traumatized': Residents At Epicenter Of Daunte Wright Protests Feel Powerless
Crews worked on putting out hot spots all night and into the morning. When they were able to get closer to what remained of the structure, they found the remains of Hanson. The medical examiner determined she died as a result of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.
Her family members were on the scene. They had nothing to say, as they just wanted to be left alone to see the place where their loved one perished.MORE NEWS: Daunte Wright Shooting: Fmr. Officer Kim Potter Released From Jail Hours After Arrest For Manslaughter Charges
This is the second fire fatality in Maple Grove this year.
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