NEW SALEM, N.D. — A house fire in New Salem last Thursday, Dec. 5, killed a 59-year old man.

Officers with the Morton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an explosion shortly before noon at 409 N. 6th St. and found the body of Richard Doll.

Some areas of the home had been damaged by smoke and fire.

The fire department determined an explosion had not occurred but there had been a fire.

The sheriff's office and North Dakota fire marshal are investigating. No foul play is suspected.