- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

SHAMROCK TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) - Investigators say a cigarette apparently started a fire that killed two people in Aitkin County.

The sheriff’s office has identified the victims as 80-year-old Raymond Jackman and 69-year-old Sandra Lee Neumann. Autopsy results show both died of smoke and soot inhalation.

They died in a home in Shamrock Township Sunday. Authorities say a 911 call from inside the home revealed the two may have gone back inside the burning house to search for a pet.

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