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Two killed in northern Minnesota house fire

BEMIDJI, Minn -- The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has confirmed two people died inside a northern Minnesota home that was destroyed by fire Tuesday night.

Original reports indicated it was unknown if anyone was inside the home, according to a Hubbard County Sheriff’s deputy on scene Tuesday night. Once the flames were extinguished, authorities located the remains of two people inside the residence. They are believed to be a 75-year-old female and a 56-year-old male, according to a press release issued by Hubbard County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Scott Parks.

Names of victims are being withheld pending positive identification and family notification. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

"The home and its contents are considered a total loss," said Bemidji Fire Chief Dave Hoefer in a press release Wednesday morning.

The Bemidji, Cass Lake and Lakeport fire departments responded to a call of a fully engulfed structure on the 26000 block of Beltrami Line Road south of Bemidji near the Beltrami-Hubbard county line. The call came in at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire departments were on the scene approximately eight hours.

Thirty-four firefighters used one engine, four water tenders and approximately 24,000 gallons of water to extinguish the flames.

The Bemidji School District provided a bus to warm firefighters in the sub-zero temperatures.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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