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Father, Daughter Killed in Itasca Co. Explosion, Fire

Father, Daughter Killed in Itasca Co. Explosion, Fire

Updated: January 24, 2020 06:41 PM

Two people died in a home explosion in northern Itasca County on Thursday morning.

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Sheriff Vic Williams says a person called 911 at 7:29 a.m. to report hearing a loud bang followed by the fire, but did not have an address.  Deputies found the fire on Turtle Lake View Path, which is on Turtle Lake southwest of Bigfork.

Deputies arriving on scene found debris spread over a large diameter, power lines down, and a fully-involved structure fire.  They located the bodies of a man and a woman.

On Friday, the sheriff identified the victims as 92-year-old Roy Earl Halverson of Bigfork and 62-year-old Christie Lee Kurtz of Milaca.  Kurtz was Halverson's daughter and was visiting at the time of the incident.

The sheriff's office continues to investigate the cause. 

Neighbors assisted the Bigfork, Cohasset, Deer River and Grand Rapids fire departments and the Bigfork Ambulance Service at the scene.  Williams thanked those who provided assistance.

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