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Associated Press, Published August 04 2011

Police release name of Mankato fire victim

MANKATO, Minn. — Authorities have released the name of a 21-year-old man who died in a Mankato apartment fire this week.

The Mankato Department of Public Safety identifies the victim as 21-year-old Ayush Battarai of Mankato. An autopsy found he died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation.

Authorities say Monday's fire was set intentionally but no foul play is suspected. The investigation continues.

The Free Press says Battarai was a former Minnesota State, Mankato student from Nepal.

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