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UPDATE: Child released from hospital following fire

Chippewa County (WQOW) - A toddler has been released from the hospital after Friday's fire in Chippewa County.
That fire killed two men and a five-year-old child.  Two-and-a-half-year-old Dillion Minder has been released from the hospital, but Darlene Minder and Tabatha Jaworski, whose young son died in the fire, are listed in critical condition at a Minnesota hospital.  Autopsies on those who died are now scheduled for Wednesday. Chippewa County investigators say it could be weeks before they can determine what caused the fire.
Sunday Update from Chippewa County Sheriff's Office:
On Saturday afternoon, Chippewa County Sheriff Investigators and agents from the State Fire Marshal's office completed their work at the scene.  The residence was turned back over to the family at that time.  Over the next week, sheriff investigators plan to interview a number of people associated with the residence.  Any further determination of cause or origin of the fire may be several weeks or longer as reports, pictures and other items are analyzed.
It is excepted the next release will be the results of the forensic autopsies being done on the deceased Monday. 
PRESS RELEASE FROM CHIPPEWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: Saturday 04/27/2013 Chippewa County Sheriff's Office Investigators and agents from the State Fire Marshals Office resume their investigation of the fatal residential fire in the Town of Lake Holcombe.
The fire at 29724 CTH M was reported Friday at 8:45 a.m. and resulted in the death of three people and the injury of five others .
The deceased are identified as Robert J. Minder SR. 82 years old, owner of the residence, Joseph Sigsworth 5 years old and Josh L. Peacock 22 years old of Glen Flora WI.
The injured are identified as Robert M. Minder, Jr. 52 years old, Robert J. Minder III 22 years old, Tabatha M Joworski 30 years old, Darlene M. Minder 51 years old and Dillon J. Minder 2 years old.
Robert Minder, Jr. was treated and released at St. Joseph's Chippewa Falls.  (Husband to Darlene Minder)
Darlene Minder is in Regions Hospital condition unknown
Robert Minder III was treated and released at St. Joseph's Chippewa Falls.
Dillion Minder is in Regions Hospital condition unknown (Son to Robert Minder III)
Tabatha Marie Jaworski is in Regions Hospital condition unknown (Mother to Joseph Sigsworth)
There will be more updates as the investigation progresses, the residence and contents are a complete loss. Investigators are using an excavator and other equipment to assist in the investigation as the remaining structure is unstable.
The bodies of the deceased were removed by the Chippewa County Coroner's Office late Friday afternoon, forensic autopsies are scheduled for Monday 04/29/2013.
Lake Holcombe (WQOW) - A fire at a mobile home in Lake Holcombe has killed three people, two of whom are adults. A five-year-old was missing. Investigators believe the third body they recovered is most likely his body. Five others were injured. It all happened Friday morning inside a mobile home in the town of Lake Holcombe.

"It was "boom, boom, boom, boom. Several booms continuously," said Diane Adamic, who lives down the street from the fire.

The fire was brought to Diane's attention Friday morning just after she had woken up.

"I heard these explosions, and I know there was more than five. They were really loud, which shook the house and my windows rattled. When I looked outside I saw the big plumes of black smoke, I mean it was just billowing out. It was real close, and I feared that it was the neighbors place."

Investigators say an 82-year-old man started a fire in a wood stove in a basement built underneath the home. They say something went wrong, and the man ran room to room telling everyone inside to get out.  There were 8 people in the home at the time of the fire. The 82-year-old man and a 22-year-old man from Sheldon died in the fire. A five-year-old boy was missing, but investigators believe his body is the third they recovered.

"When you are in a remote area of a county where you're not close to fire services, that does give the fire a chance to increase. Once our personnel and fire and EMS arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed," said Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk of the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department.

Five others were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries related to the fire.


UPDATE: The Chippewa County Sheriff says three bodies have been recovered and removed from the house. Positive identification has not been made yet, but the third body recovered is most likely that of the 5-year-old boy who had not been accounted for yet.


UPDATE: The Chippewa County Sheriff says the two known dead are an 82-year-old man who owned the home and a 22-year-old Sheldon man.  A 5-year-old boy is missing, but authorities have not been able to enter the home north of Holcombe to search for his body. He says there was a basement built underneath the trailer, and the flooring above collapsed, which is making it difficult for officials to investigate the fire. The State Fire Marshal is on scene.


New Information: Investigators say survivors in the hospital told them a man started a wood stove, something went wrong, and then he went running from room to room telling everyone to get out of the house. That man died.

Some of the survivors were airlifted to the Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities.


UPDATE: The Chippewa County Sheriff says 2 adults are confirmed dead, one juvenile is missing and presumed dead. 5 others were injured, including a 2-year-old.


Chippewa County (WQOW) - The Chippewa County sheriff says multiple people are dead and several others are injured after a mobile home fire in Lake Holcombe. Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the fire was reported around 8 am Friday morning. He says one person is still unaccounted for, several are injured and "multiple" people are confirmed dead.  

He says there was a report that as many as 8 people were inside the residence at 29724 County Highway M when the fire started. They may have been trapped inside.

The State Fire Marshal is responding and the sheriff says there is a full crew of investigators on scene right now as well as emergency personnel. Medical helicopters were also called in to attend to the injured.

We have a reporter on their way to Lake Holcombe. Stay with WQOW News 18 for more on this developing story.


Press Release from the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department: The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a residential structure fire in the Town of Lake Holcombe. 29724 CTH M. The location is north of Holcombe and east of STH 27.
There are numerous injuries and confirmed fatalities. Cornell Fire and EMS are also on scene with medical helicopters attending to the injured and preparing for transport.
More information will follow as it becomes available.
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