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Fatal house fire in Mount Pleasant under investigation


MOUNT PLEASANT, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities in Racine County are trying to determine what caused a house fire that killed a person.

Firefighters were called to a one-story structure in Mount Pleasant just after 12:20 a.m. on Christmas.

When they arrived, there were flames and heavy smoke pouring from the house. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to find the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

South Shore battalion chief Steve Salvo said it was not immediately certain whether the victim occupied the house – or had permission to be there. He said neighbors had indicated that the most recent occupants had moved to Texas, even though there was still some furniture inside.

The victim was badly burned, and the person’s name was not immediately released.

Salvo said the blaze did not appear to have been caused by a candle or careless smoking – and there appeared to be some type of extenuating circumstances.