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Published May 31, 2013, 01:55 PM

Elderly couple killed in Park River house fire

A house fire was reported at 117 Regina Ave in Park River at approximately 10:23 Thursday evening. The owners of the home, 83-year-old Margaret and her husband 89-year-old Norman Winther, were found inside, deceased.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

A house fire was reported at 117 Regina Ave in Park River at approximately 10:23 Thursday evening. The owners of the home, 83-year-old Margaret and her husband 89-year-old Norman Winther, were found inside, deceased. Authorities say they may gotten disoriented by smoke in the home.

The fire is believed to be the result of a malfunction in the home's water heater, causing nearby combustible materials to ignite. The Park River Fire Department and State Fire Marshal's office responded and investigated, along with Park River Ambulance and the Walsh County Sheriff's Department.

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