Fire claims life of Kasson woman
Fire Update: Police identify fire victim
Police have identified the victim of Friday’s house fire in Kasson as Michelle Loge, 41.
Kasson Police Chief Ken Schuck said there is no reason to believe foul play had anything to do with Loge’s death. Though an autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of death, Schuck said Loge died as a result of her injuries sustained in the fire.
Loge leaves behind a husband and two children, ages 12 and 14.
Fatal Fire Update: Police withholding identify of fire victim
Kasson Police will not be releasing the name of the victim in a fatal house fire until Monday.
Assistant police chief Kent Berghuis told the DCI that authorities are still trying to notify some distant relatives before they release the victim’s name. However, he identified the victim as a 41-year-old woman who was married and had two children, ages 12 and 14.
Police and fire responded to a 911 call reporting a fire at a residence on 9th Avenue Northeast in Kasson around 1:45 a.m. When police arrived, they found a woman who had been severely burned. Berghuis said the woman’s husband had put out the fire on her body and was found in the bathroom when officers arrived. In addition, he had put out fire in several spots around the house. He and the children had been sleeping when the fire started.
The State Fire Marshall is investigating the fire along with Kasson police. Berghuis said no official cause of fire has been determined, though foul play is not suspected.
According to Berghuis, “hot spots” of fire were found in various areas of the house. He said the fire was contained to “moderate damage” to a couple rooms in the house. It was mostly smoke damage and no water damage, he added.
The victim was airlifted by Mayo One from the scene and died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
Dodge Center Ambulance, Gold Cross Ambulance, Kasson Fire and First Responders all assisted police at the scene.