Authorities release name of man killed in Sun Prairie fire

Authorities have released the name of the man killed in a Sun Prairie apartment building fire Sunday.

Charles Dean Cobb, 40, of Sun Prairie died from injuries sustained “in and because of the fire,” the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement Monday.

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — One person was found dead inside an apartment building in Sun Prairie after a fire late Sunday night, according to fire officials.

The victim was found on the second floor of the apartment building once the fire was out.

Fire officials say 38 Sun Prairie firefighters were on hand to battle the blaze, and were able to complete a full secondary search of both floors and the basement, no additional victims were found.

The call came in around 9:15 p.m. Sunday and firefighters quickly responded. When they arrived on scene they found heavy fire in the second floor of the apartment building.

Three people was trapped in the building, but firefighters were able to get them out. One person went to the hospital with minor injuries.

Officials note when the apartment complex was built it did not require sprinkler protection.

Fire Chief Christopher Garrison said at a news conference Monday morning that sprinklers likely would have prevented the fatality.

“I think a sprinkler system keeps all fires in check until firefighters arrive,” Garrison said. “You don’t see fatalities with sprinkler systems.”

“I’m not trying to put us out of business, but that’s’ a fact,” Garrison said.

As of early Monday, Sun Prairie Fire and Police officials along with a member of ATF and the Medical Examiner’s Office are on-scene doing a coordinated investigation, according to officials.

Garrison said the fire was mostly contained in one apartment, but 16 units are considered uninhabitable. The Red Cross is on hand to help.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire officials will continue the investigation in the morning.

No found play is suspected.

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