MANKATO —The man who died during a fire at Gus Johnson Plaza early Thursday morning has been identified as 64-year-old Howard Vern Easton.

A fire broke out at the apartment complex at 413 N. Fourth St. around 2 a.m.

Easton was found not breathing. CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

Two other residents had minor injuries. The cause of the fire, which caused about $100,000, is under investigation.

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