Woman Found Dead Following Oronoco (MN) House Fire Identified

Emily Cutts

Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.


Jul. 16—ORONOCO — The woman who was found dead after a fire in an Oronoco home early Thursday was identified by law enforcement Friday morning as Ruth Oleson.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns said the cause of the fire is still unknown and, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, will be difficult to determine. The investigation into the fire is still ongoing, but it has been determined that the fire was not ruled suspicious.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies as well as members of the Oronoco and Pine Island fire departments were called just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday, July 15, to the 700 block of Fifth Street Northwest. The Mazeppa Fire Department was also called to respond. A passerby reported the fire.

When emergency crews arrived, they found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Oleson was found deceased in a bedroom. It has not been determined whether she died of a medical event before the fire or if she died as a result of the fire. Like the cause of the fire, Oleson’s death has not been ruled suspicious.


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