A 52-year-old Osakis man was found dead in his basement Sunday morning after an accidental fire.
A neighbor reportedly saw heavy smoke coming from the home’s lower level at 108 West Pike Street and called 911 at about 10 a.m.
The Osakis Fire Department and police responded to the scene.
Russell Baker, the only occupant of the home, died at the scene. Family members have been notified.
The state fire marshal’s office was also called to help investigate.
Police Chief Chad Gulbranson said a preliminary investigation showed that the fire appears to have started from a cigarette.
An autopsy is expected to determine how Baker died.
There were no working smoke alarms in the lower level of the home, which might have saved his life, said Gulbranson.
Coincidentally, the Osakis Fire Department held its open house as part of Fire Prevention Week later that day. The theme of this year’s effort is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” which stresses the importance of having smoke alarms in every bedroom.