Lakeville fire victim dies; first fire-related death in city in 20 years
A Lakeville man who sustained injuries from a March 4 house fire has died.
Arthur Raymond Jones, 84, died on March 25 at Hennepin County Medical Center. On March 4, the Lakeville Police Department responded to a medical assistance call at Kalmar Trail, according to city reports. A neighbor had not seen an elderly male neighbor in several days and became concerned for his welfare. Upon arrival at the home, police officers found Jones on the kitchen floor with burns to his legs and evidence of a small fire that had extinguished itself in the kitchen.
Allina Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Jones to the Hennepin County Medical Center. Jones regained consciousness before being transported.
No foul play is suspected and the Lakeville police and fire departments continue to investigate the cause of the fire. Lakeville Fire Chief Mike Meyer said this is the first fire-related death in Lakeville in 20 years.
-Aaron Vehling, Sun Thisweek and city reports