UPDATE: Authorities identify Aurora man who died in house fire

Fire destroys Iron Range home, injuries unknown
Published: Nov. 9, 2023 at 9:44 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) - Authorities have identified the Aurora man who died in a house fire Thursday night.

According to the East Range Police Department, 70-year-old Mark Weyandt’s body was found inside the home. His three dogs also died.

The fire broke out around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on West 6th Avenue North.

A neighbor who knew Weyandt lived there tried to make it in to rescue him and his dogs but was not able to do so safely.

By the time firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed flames.

Weyandt’s body and his three dogs were found inside once the flames were extinguished.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

10:30 P.M. UPDATE: According to the East Range Police Department, a man and three dogs died after a home in Aurora caught fire.

The Aurora Fire Department was dispatched to 17 W 6th Ave N in Aurora Thursday evening. When firefighters arrived, they found a fully a home fully engulfed.

A nearby neighbor had tried to enter the home before the fire department arrived but was unable to do so due to the severity of the fire. The neighbor said an adult and three dogs lived there.

Firefighters would eventually find the man and dogs dead inside.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal is assisting the investigation. The body of the man has been sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner for autopsy and identification.


Firefighters are investigating the cause of a large fire that destroyed a home in Aurora.

Three Iron Range fire departments responded to reports of a fire on West 6th Avenue North. The fire happened just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

A large part of the two-story home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

Northern News Now is working to confirm if anyone was injured in the blaze.

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