Person found dead after Valley City house fire
After the flames were put out, an occupant of the home was unaccounted for.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A person's remains were found in a Valley City home after firefighters extinguished a blaze there Sunday, Jan. 23, according to Valley City police.
At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, police officers and firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 900 block of Second Street Southeast.
Smoke and fire prevented emergency workers from entering the home to search for residents. The Valley City Fire Department managed to extinguish the fire, but the home was a total loss, police said.
After the flames were put out, an occupant of the home was unaccounted for. Through a search, the occupant's remains were found in a lower level of the home, police said.
The remains were sent to the University of North Dakota Forensic Pathology Department for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The deceased person's identity has not been released.
"There is no initial indication of what had caused the fire," police said in a statement.
Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to call the Valley City Police Department at 701-845-3110.