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Update: Fire Victim Identified


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - One person is dead and several others had to be rescued in an overnight fire in the city of Sheboygan.  The Sheboygan Fire Department was dispatched to a 16 unit apartment building at 1721 Ashland Avenue shortly before two o'clock Tuesday morning and found flames shooting from a lower apartment window.  Assistant Chief Vernon Koch said 51 year old Randi Hein died in the fire and several people living on the 2nd floor had to be rescued by firefighters, who got them out through the windows.  He said the initial call came from the apartment where the fire started.  County Coroner Dave Leffin said an autopsy, which was performed Tuesday morning, indicated that Hein died of smoke inhalation.  He said Hein was in a remote control chair in the living room and was able to get out of the chair and to a window, but it was too late.  His body was found in the living room burned beyond recognition.  A total of 22 people live in the building and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.  Koch said the Department of Justice and the Sheboygan County Fire Investigative Unit along with Sheboygan Police are assisting in the investigation.  So far, the cause is undetermined.  Koch said all on-duty units along with one unit from the Kohler Fire Department were on the scene. 

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