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Hines man dies in fire

HINES -- A Hines man died in a home explosion and fire early Thursday in Hines Township, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office received a call at about 3:39 a.m. and neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion and a residence engulfed in flames in the 18200 block of Lookout Tower Road in Hines Township, the release said.

Investigators determined that Oscar Clark Eckstrom, 76, of Hines, died in the fire and was the owner of the home.

The release said the fire department worked to suppress the blaze, but the home was a total loss.

The case remains under investigation by the Blackduck Fire Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s office, the release said.