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Forum News Service, Published May 31 2013

Elderly couple killed in Park River house fire Thursday

Two people died in a house fire Thursday night in Park River, N.D.

The Walsh County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as Margaret Winther, 83, and her husband, Norman Winther, 89, owners and residents of the house, located at 119 Regina Ave., Park River.

The fire, which was reported at 10:23 p.m., is believed to have started with a malfunction in a water heater, which ignited combustible materials beside the water heater, according to Sheriff Lauren Wild.

The fire was extinguished by Park River Fire Department. Walsh County Sheriff’s Department and Park River Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

A North Dakota state fire marshal is investigating the fire.