One person died in a Duluth apartment fire at the same building where another person died in a fire last August. Firefighters arrived at the two-story eight-unit building at 631 East Third Street in East Hillside on Sunday afternoon. Crews contained the fire to an apartment on the first floor where they found Matthew W. Hurt (48) dead in his apartment after extinguishing the fire. A dog found alive in the same unit is now being taken care of by a neighbor. Other tenants evacuated but returned to their apartments later that day.

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Fatal Apartment Fires Are Recurring Problem at Same Building

In August 2020, another apartment fire in the same building killed a 36-year-old man. At the time of the fire, tenants had been able to pull the unconscious man out of the unit where the fire started, but he later died in the hospital. After the fire, the Duluth Fire Marshal condemned the building for human habitation, but it was later cleared to re-open.

Duluth Structure Fires Significantly Increase in 2020

In the last year, there have been more structure fires in Duluth than there have been in the past decade. Fire damage more than doubled from 2019 to $3.8 million. According to data reported by the Duluth Fire Department, there were 141 structure fires reported in 2020. This number is the highest reported since 2009 and the first year where more than 100 fires were reported since 2015.

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