A man died in a house fire Monday night, March 23 south of Bagley, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The victim has been identified as Gerald LaPlaunt, 63, who was found deceased inside the residence.
Authorities and emergency responders got the call at approximately 10:30 p.m. of smoke coming from the roof of a house along Minnesota Highway 92 around nine miles south of Bagley. A deputy and Minnesota State trooper were the first to arrive and they observed heavy smoke coming from the house. The Bagley Fire Department arrived and subsequently extinguished the fire. LaPlaunt was soon found inside.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation. An autopsy is being conducted at the UND Forensic Pathology Center in Grand Forks.
Bagley Sanford Ambulance assisted at the scene.