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Man dies in house fire near Thief River Falls

ST. HILAIRE, Minn. -- An elderly man died Thursday evening in a fire that destroyed his rural home southwest of Thief River Falls.

Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia said the body of John Clover Meyers, 84, was found in his home about six miles northwest of St. Hilaire, after the fire was extinguished.

A passerby who lives in the area called in the fire at 9:46 p.m. Thursday, Kuznia said.

“The home was already completely engulfed when the caller was speaking on the phone,” Kuznia said today. “By the time deputies arrived on the scene, only two chimneys were standing, the house had already fallen in.”

A forensic pathologist determined it was Meyers, who lived alone in the older farm house, Kuznia said.

There is no evidence of foul play, he said. Nobody else was in the house.

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