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House fire kills two people in Park River, N.D.

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

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 at 119 Regina Ave.

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 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.

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