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UPDATE: Prescott man found dead after house fire identified

Prescott firefighters battled a house fire Friday, April 6 at 342 Young St. N. The high winds were a challenge in battling the blaze. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Heavy smoke prevented police officers from getting inside a home in Prescott right away Friday, April 6, in which an elderly man was found dead after firefighters arrived. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Multiple agencies responded to a house fire Friday, April 6 at 342 Young St. N. in Prescott. a 76-year-old man was found dead inside. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

An elderly man was found dead Friday when firefighters responded to a house fire in Prescott.

Prescott Interim Police Chief Rob Funk identified the man as 76-year-old Gordon Herbert Weyh in a new release Saturday, April 7. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Weyh died of probably carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation, which will be confirmed by toxicology testing. Results will be released once testing is complete. Based on evidence at the scene and preliminary autopsy results, foul play has been ruled out.

Officers arrived on the scene of 342 Young St. N. at 12:53 p.m. April 6 to find the south and east portions of the home fully engulfed in flames. Heavy smoke and heat prevented officers from getting into the home right away, who were advised that one resident may be inside.

Prescott Fire arrived on the scene shortly after police; battling the fire was difficult due to high winds, the news release said. Crews were able to get into the house at 1:19 p.m. and found a deceased elderly man.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and a minor laceration.

River Falls EMS, River Falls Fire, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted Prescott fire and police.

The case remained under investigation Saturday by the Prescott police and fire departments, the Wisconsin State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation. Officials determined the fire began in the southeast porch, though the cause was not determined.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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