A 94-year-old woman was found dead following a fire in her apartment at Granite Ridge Place in Granite Falls on Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 3:16pm on Saturday, January 19, Yellow Medicine County Dispatch was alerted of a “zone 4 smoke detector” going off at the facility. Granite Falls Fire Department, Granite Falls Ambulance, and Granite Falls Police Department responded to the alarm.

Upon arrival, the Fire Department discovered smoke coming from above an apartment door inside the building. The responding firemen attempted to open the door and discovered more smoke and an active fire inside the apartment.  After extinguishing the fire, a deceased person was discovered inside the apartment.

The deceased has been identified as Vivian Jeseritz, age 94, of Granite Falls. The Granite Falls Fire Department, Granite Falls Police Department, Minnesota Fire Marshal’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the incident.