Man Arrested in Fatal Paynesville Mobile Home Fire


A woman has died in a Paynesville mobile home fire and authorities say a man has been arrested in connection with the fire.

The Paynesville Police Department responded to a fire at 420 Minnie St, Trailer 20 at just before 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Initial reports indicated a male was pouring gasoline inside the trailer and started it on fire.

Upon officers’ arrival, the trailer was fully engulfed. Fire fighters and officers learned an adult female was inside the trailer. The female was located inside the bathroom and life-saving measures were performed. She was taken to Paynesville Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say a man was arrested at the scene. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of potential injuries and later taken to the Stearns County Jail.

The suspect is being held on charges of second-degree murder and awaiting his first court appearance.

The body of the female was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The Paynesville Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240.


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