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Published May 31, 2013, 02:15 PM

Elderly couple dies in Park River house fire

PARK RIVER, N.D. (AP) — A house fire in the North Dakota town of Park River has killed an elderly couple.

PARK RIVER, N.D. (AP) — A house fire in the North Dakota town of Park River has killed an elderly couple.

The Walsh County Sheriff's Department identified the victims as 83-year-old Margaret Winther and her 89-year-old husband, Norman Winther.

Sheriff Lauren Wild tells the Grand Forks Herald that the fire that broke out just after 10 p.m. Thursday. It's believed to have started with a malfunction in a water heater, which ignited combustible materials beside the water heater.

A North Dakota state fire marshal is investigating.

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