Vadnais Heights home fire kills one

Vadnais Heights House Fire
A New Year's Day house fire ripped through a home in Vadnais Heights, killing the owner, identified as 54-year-old Joanne Nielsen. The house on Berwood Avenue, across the street from Berwood Park, is a total loss. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)

A New Year's Day house fire ripped through a home in Vadnais Heights, killing the owner, identified as 54-year-old Joanne Nielsen. The house on Berwood Avenue, across the street from Berwood Park, is a total loss. 

According to reports, Nielsen's boyfriend, who also lived at the home, was not there at the time of the fire. Neighbors reported it around noon and the fire was declared out at 2 p.m. Vadnais Heights Fire Chief Ed Leier said the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing and that an autopsy was performed on Nielsen Jan. 2. Leier said the results of a forthcoming toxicological report will inform whether the investigation continues or is closed.

--Mike Munzenrider

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