Second person dies after explosion, fire at Kenosha condo complex

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KENOSHA — Kenosha police and fire officials say an 80-year-old man removed from a burning condominium on 54th St. on Tuesday, November 3rd has now died. He is identified as James Adamson.

Adamson had been at the St. Mary’s Burn Center in Milwaukee for the last couple of days — suffering from second and three-degree burns covering 75 percent of his body.

The call came for help at the condo building near Harbor Park came in around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after neighbors reported hearing an explosion and saw flames. When crews arrived on scene, the condo was fully engulfed in flames. Officers began to evacuate nearby condos while fire department personnel brought the fire under control.

The body of Adamson’s 76-year-old wife, Rita, was located in an upstairs bedroom on Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

We Energies officials confirm natural gas did not play a role in this fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. But it is not being investigated as a suspicious fire.

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