Victim in fatal Yankton house fire identified

The victim in a fatal house fire in Yankton Tuesday has been identified.

According to a press release from the Yankton Fire Department, Gladys Merkwan, 89, died when her mobile home at 1100 E. Eighth St., No. 4, started on fire. The fire department was notified of the blaze at 1:21 p.m. Tuesday and responded.

Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters entered the structure and performed a search and fire-suppression operations. Merkwan was removed from the structure after firefighters gained access through a rear entrance to the building. She was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital where it was reported she was pronounced dead.

The Yankton Fire Department was assisted by Yankton County EMS, Yankton Police Department and Yankton County Emergency Management

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Assisting the YFD in the investigation was the South Dakota State Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

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