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Associated Press, Published August 16 2012

Retired Grand Forks lawyer dies in house fire

GRAND FORKS — Authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire that killed a retired Grand Forks attorney.

Neighbors say 86-year-old Fred Arnason lived alone in the home, and relied on an oxygen tank to help him breathe.

The state fire marshal says the fire started Tuesday night in Arnason's kitchen.

Arnason was an assistant Grand Forks county prosecutor in Grand Forks before he started a private law practice.

The North Dakota state Bar Association recognized Arnason this year as a 60-year member of the lawyers' group.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.