Authorities identified the deceased 54-year-old Brainerd man in the July 2 fire at Westwood Mobile Home Park as Michael E. Whistler.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire at Whistler’s trailer home just after 5 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at the trailer court in west Brainerd, just east of the Westgate Mall. The Brainerd Police Department was the first to respond and located the fire. Law enforcement attempted to rescue Whistler but were unable to get to him because of the smoke and the heat. Firefighters arrived and were able to gain access into the trailer home and pulled the man out. Lifesaving measures were performed, but were unsuccessful.
Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes stated in an email Monday the fire is still under investigation and he had no further details. Holmes stated the autopsy report to determine the cause of death is not yet final.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting the fire department with the investigation.