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Two dead in Williston camper fire

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Two people are dead after a camper caught fire early this morning in rural Williston.

Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching said investigators are working to identify the victims. The bodies are being sent to Bismarck for autopsies, Busching said.

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Williston Rural Fire Chief Dave Benth said the fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. today on Riverside Drive, south of Williston.

The RV was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Benth said. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The camper was parked near a power pole, which also caught fire, Benth said. Power was disconnected in some Williston areas this morning to allow crews to safely extinguish the fire to the power pole, Benth said.

The Williston Rural Fire Department has responded to several camper fires in the last few months, Benth said. He said people need to use caution with additional heat sources.

“Campers and motorhomes are not intended to be lived in in subzero temperatures,” Benth said.

By Amy Dalrymple

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