Deadly Construction Accident in Lakeville
LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A construction worker is dead after a fire and possible explosion at a housing development in Lakeville.
Thirty-five-year-old Chris Cahoon of Inver Grove Heights was hurt Thursday morning when a fire started in the basement of a house where he was doing construction work.
Lakeville police and firefighters responded to a 911 call at 9:30 a.m. and found Cahoon. His uncle, Steve Manhart, tells the Star Tribune that Cahoon died late that afternoon at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The state fire marshal and Lakeville Fire Department are investigating the cause of the fire. Minnesota OSHA started its investigation Friday. Construction at the site has been halted during the investigations.
In a statement, homebuilder Lennar Corp., Cahoon's employer, confirmed his death and said the company also is investigating.