Sun Prairie fire victim identified by authorities

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Dane Co. Medical Examiner says Charles Dean Cobb died in Sunday's fire at a Sun Prairie apartment complex. The autopsy confirmed the 40-year-old died from injuries he sustained in the fire.

Cobb's death and the fire are being investigated by the Sun Prairie Police Department and the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office, according to a press release from the office of Barry Irmen.

A call came in at about 9:15 Sunday night for a fire in the 100 block of South Bird Street. The Sun Prairie Police Department and Sun Prairie Fire Department responded.

Once the fire was out, additional crews conducted primary searches in each of the 16 units. That's when a firefighter found Cobb's body on the second floor.

One other person was taken to the hospital after being trapped in a lower unit.

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison said at a press conference on Monday morning, “The building was built before sprinklers were required in multi-unit apartment complexes.”

Garrison said they don’t believe the fire was caused by foul play.
A coordinated investigation has now been launched.