Sleepy Eye Man dies after falling in fire pit

A 73-year-old man from Sleepy Eye has died after being injured earlier this month when he fell into a fire pit.

According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Richard Martinka died Thursday night of complications from thermal injuries.

Martinka sustained those injuries on the afternoon of April 11th when he was burning leaves and debris at his home at 27789 200th St. and his wheelchair tipped and he fell into the flames.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner and Brown County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

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