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Published March 02, 2011, 08:59 AM

Deputy opens home to fellow officer after fire

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Cass County sheriff's deputy has opened her home to a fellow deputy who lost his home in a fire. Sgt. DuWayne Nitschke's two-story house near Argusville burned to the ground Saturday, displacing him, his wife and three children.

Sgt. DuWayne Nitschke's two-story house near Argusville burned to the ground Saturday, displacing him, his wife and three children.

A family dog died in the blaze.

The Forum newspaper reports that Deputy Jolene Fletcher is letting the Nitschkes stay in her south Fargo home, which is owned by her brother, until the family gets matters settled.

Fletcher says Nitschke is one of our own, and everyone is pitching in however they can.

Nitschke says he's truly grateful but not surprised that someone in the sheriff's office would make such a gesture.

Chief Deputy Jim Thoreson says a committee was formed Monday to plan a benefit for the Nitschkes.

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