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Investigation continues in case of Duluth woman 'fighting for her life' after being severely burned

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a 24-year-old Duluth woman being found severely burned in the city's Fond du Lac neighborhood last Thursday.

The Duluth Police Department was collecting "all the facts we can" about what happened to Jaclyn Arnold, it said in a news release Monday.

"We do not believe the community is at risk at this time and will provide updates when they become available," the department reported.

There has been an outpouring of community support for Arnold, who remains hospitalized in a Minneapolis-area burn unit.

"Jaclyn is fighting for her life," said her stepfather Pete Pleban, of Wapiti, Wyo. Pleban is among friends and family members gathered in vigil in the Twin Cities.

GoFundMe webpage set up to help cover Arnold's medical bills surpassed a goal of $10,000 in donations as of Monday morning.

The News Tribune reported over the weekend that burns covered 85 percent of Arnold's body.

Arnold was found on fire at 11501 State Highway 23 last Thursday afternoon. A passerby extinguished the fire. Arnold works for a local human services agency, Heart for the People, a program overseen by First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth. Heart for the People works mainly with Native American families who have either lost custody of their children or are at risk of losing custody.

The Duluth police continued ask for information relevant to the investigation, urging people to contact the Duluth Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at (218) 730-5050.