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Forum News Service, Published May 06 2014

Victim identified in fatal house fire

LAKELAND, Minn. - Washington County authorities have identified the victim of a fatal house fire in Lakeland early Saturday as Nicole Ann Ritzer, 50.

Sheriff's department Cmdr. Brian Mueller said the cause had not been determined.

Firefighters responded about 2 a.m. As the blaze was being extinguished, they discovered the woman's body in the house. The body was removed by personnel from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

An investigation by the sheriff's department and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office did not indicate foul play, but the cause of the fire and the woman's death remained undetermined, Mueller said.