CRYSTAL, N.D. – The Pembina County sheriff’s office has confirmed that a man died in the July 2 early morning house fire in Crystal.

Joshua Schmitz, 35, was the victim of the fire, said Pembina County Sheriff Terry Meidinger.

Volunteer fire departments from Crystal and Hoople responded to the fire at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, July 2, after someone saw smoke coming from the house and reported it. The departments were at the fire until 5:30 a.m.

The North Dakota fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Crystal is a Pembina County town of 128 about 70 miles northwest of Grand Forks.