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Published April 27, 2011, 08:19 AM

1 Dead in Grand Forks House Fire

One person was killed in a house fire early this morning in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Fire Department was dispatched to a home at 1104 Boyd Drive shortly after 4 a.m.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

One person was killed in a house fire early this morning in Grand Forks.

The Grand Forks Fire Department was dispatched to a home at 1104 Boyd Drive shortly after 4 a.m.

The Department says the victim was found in bed. No smoke alarms were sounding as firefighters responded.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the victim is likely Sue Ellyn Scaletta, 64, a former Herald reporter.

“Sue Ellyn’s passing is sad news for the Herald,” said Mike Jacobs, the paper’s editor and publisher.

“She worked for us in two stretches totaling about 16 years,” he said. “She covered a variety of issues, and she worked as the night news editor for a time. She was part of the crew that covered the 1997 Flood — coverage that earned the Herald the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She also won a number of awards from the North Dakota Newspaper Association for writing and reporting.

“She had an out–sized personality and she was often the center of newsroom events. Many of us remember her gumbo dinners — a favorite occasion for her, since she was a native Louisianan.”

Scaletta left the Herald in 1998 but continued to live in Grand Forks.

“The thing she was most proud of in life was her time at the Herald and being part of that group that won the Pulitzer,” son Kelly Scaletta said.

She is also survived by sons Kenneth and Kurtis, both of the Twin Cities area, and four grandchildren.

17 firefighters worked to battle the fire after the victim was retrieved. The fire was controlled quickly, according to a press release.

The fire is still under investigation.

This is the second fatal house fire in 2011 in Grand Forks. The Department stresses the importance of having working smoke detectors in your home.

Altru Ambulance and Grand Forks Police assisted at the scene.

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