UPDATE: Iowa State Medical Examiner rules Milford fire victim death as suicide

Storage unit fire victim identified

UPDATE: The Iowa State Medical Examiner has released the cause of death for Francis Petska, 53, who was found in a burned storage unit in Milford, Iowa.

Dennis Klein, Iowa State Medical Examiner, says Francis Petska died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Klein said the manner of death was ruled suicide.

The fire is still under investigation.

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Investigators in the Iowa Great Lakes have identified the man killed in a storage unit fire last Tuesday night.

Milford Police say that man was Francis Petska, 53, of Spirit Lake.

His body was found in a storage unit that caught fire causing heavy damage to the storage facility.

The exact cause of that fire hasn't been determined or what Petska was doing inside at the time.

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