Price County authorities investigating house fire that killed two peopleSubmitted: 02/14/2020
Price County authorities investigating house fire that killed two people
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PRICE COUNTY - Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt says his department is investigating a house fire that killed two people Friday morning.

At 10 a.m., the Price County Sheriff's Office received reports of two people dead inside a home in the Town of Eisenstein.

An initial investigation revealed there had been a fire in the residence that extinguished itself before emergency responders arrived.

The names of the victims are being withheld until their family is notified.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Price County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshall and Price County Coroner.

The Fifield Fire Department and Park Falls Ambulance Service also responded to the scene. 

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