An elderly Lakeville man’s death from severe burn injuries is the city’s first fire-related fatality in over 20 years.
On March 4, Lakeville police responded to a request for a welfare check on Arthur Raymond James, 84.
They arrived to find evidence of an extinguished fire and James unconscious on the floor with burns on his legs. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for severe burns, where he passed away March 25.
The Lakeville police and fire departments are investigating, but no foul play is suspected.