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Home being placed on foundation falls from its support, killing Minnesota man

KELLIHER, Minn. -- One man was killed and two others injured after a home that was being placed on a foundation fell from its support on Sunday morning, a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said.

Emergency personnel responded Sunday to the 16000 block of Whipple Lane NE in Shotley Township, approximately 60 miles north of Bemidji, and were able to extricate Joshua O’brien, 25, of Blackduck, from under the building and initiated lifesaving efforts, but were unsuccessful.

The two injured were Christopher O’brien, 52, of Blackduck, and Matthew Hjelden, 49, of Cloquet. O’brien was transported by North Memorial AirMed to a Grand Forks hospital with unknown injuries, and Hjelden was transported by private vehicle with unknown injuries to receive medical care, the release said.

The release said “a small home was being placed on a foundation when the house fell from the jacks, wood posts and cement blocks being used to lift and support the building. When it fell, it trapped one of the workers under the building.”

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Kelliher Fire/Rescue, Blackduck Ambulance and North Memorial AirMed all responded to the scene.

The investigation is pending with the Beltrami County Coroner’s Office, the release s

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