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UPDATE: Man Dies after Being Pulled from Grand Forks House Fire

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March 18 Update

A Grand Forks man, who was pulled from a burning house Sunday morning, has died in a Twin Cities hospital.

Matt Heisler was not breathing when he was rescued by his roommate. Heisler was flown to the Hennepin medical center, but died of his injuries on Tuesday.

A statement from the parents of Matt, released on Tuesday, reads:

 "This morning we had say goodbye to our beloved son. In accordance with his wishes, his organs will be donated so that others can live. We just cannot express how much we will miss Matthew, and how the thought of going through the rest of our lives without him is beyond what we can imagine right now. We want to thank everyone who has prayed for Matthew and supported us during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for those who will be blessed by life-giving transplants from Matthew, and for his family and friends."

The fire broke out in a home in the 2000 block of 1st Avenue North. Heisler's roommate was taken to the hospital, was treated and released. Investigators say the fire was caused by unattended cooking. 

Updated Information

A Grand Forks man is fighting for life in a Twin Cities hospital, after being pulled from a burning house.

Fire officials say Ryan Nelson rescued his roommate Matthew Heisler from the house fire in the 2000 block of 1st Avenue North yesterday morning.

Heisler was not breathing when he was pulled from the home.

Both victims were taken to Altru Hospital.    

Nelson was released.

Heisler was airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital in critical condition.

Investigators say the fire was caused by unattended cooking.  

Original Story

A trapped occupant inside a burning Grand Forks home is lucky to be alive tonight thanks to the quick action of a roommate.

The Grand Forks fire department says the roommate rescued the person from the fire at 2029 1st Avenue North.

When crews were called out to the scene at around 2:40 this morning, the fire was quickly put out.

Two people were hospitalized.

The fire caused about $80,000 in damage.

Its cause remains under investigation.

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