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Update: Lakeland fire victim ID'd as 50-year-old woman

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Washington County, Minn., authorities have identified the victim at a fatal house fire in Lakeland early Saturday as Nicole Ann Ritzer, age 50

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Sheriff's department Cmdr. Brian Mueller said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Firefighters from Lower St. Croix and Hudson responded at 1:56 a.m. to the fire at 1243 Rivercrest Rd. N., accessible from the frontage road off Hwy. 95, just north of the Bungalow Bar & Restaurant. Fire crews from Bayport, Lake Elmo and Woodbury also assisted.

As the blaze was being extinguished, firefighters discovered the woman's body in the house. She was removed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office personnel.

Subsequent investigation by sheriff's investigators and personnel from the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's office do not indicate foul play but the cause of the fire and the woman's death are still undetermined, Mueller said.

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