The Aitkin County Sheriff's Department is investigating two unrelated deaths Saturday in Morrison and Farm Island townships.
The first death was reported at 10 a.m. Saturday in a mobile home in Morrison Township. The victim, Thomas Lee Praske, 53, Aitkin, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Scott Turner said there were no signs of trauma but investigators were awaiting autopsy results from the Ramsey County medical examiner's office to determine the cause and manner of death.
The second death was reported at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at a residence in Farm Island Township.
The victim, Harold Robert Olson, 85, Aitkin, died after he was attempting to extinguish a fire that had spread from a small, waste burn pile into a wooded area.
Olson, who was caught in the fire, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy from the medical examiner's office listed the cause of death as accidental due to thermal injuries.
The fire was extinguished by DNR Forestry personnel.
MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@brainerd dispatch.com or 855-5857.
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