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Victim identified in fatal fire

A 19-year-old woman who died in an apartment fire in Alexandria on Monday, Jan. 15 has been identified as Shandiin Goodbird of Alexandria.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the woman, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Alexandria Police Department.

A preliminary autopsy indicates that the cause of death was smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity. Toxicology studies are pending and a final report will follow.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help her family, including her twin sister. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/shandiin-rose.

The cause of the fire, which happened at a four-unit apartment building at 410 Fillmore Street on Jan. 15, hasn't been determined.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Red Cross is helping six other adults who were living in the apartment building. Two people, Derrek Valicenti, 34, and Penny Parks, 47, suffered burns and smoke inhalation and were airlifted to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities where they were treated and released.

The Red Cross has connected with the other four fire victims and is helping them with long-term recovery plans, according to Carrie Carlson-Guest, regional communications officer with the Minnesota Red Cross.

It was the second fatal fire in Alexandria in 11 days. The other fire happened on Jan. 5 at the Viking City mobile home park and claimed the lives of Rose Marie Couillard, 59, and "Jimmy" Chandler, Jr., 49.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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