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2 dead in Bigfork house fire


Two people have died from a residential fire in Bigfork Thursday morning.

Father and daughter Roy Earl Halverson, 92, of Bigfork, and Christie Lee Kurtz, 62, of Milaca, were found dead at the scene, said an Itasca County Sheriff's Office news release. Both were taken to the Itasca County Coroner's Office for autopsies.

Itasca County deputies responded to the call of a structure fire around 7:29 a.m. in the Turtle Lake area, the news release said. Authorities reported that "a loud bang was heard and then the fire occurred."

When emergency responders arrived to the residence at 52894 Turtle Lake View Path, the structure was engulfed in flames. Power lines were down and debris was spread around the property.

According to the news release, Halverson lived in the home and had recently had his daughter visit.


The sheriff's office continues to investigate. Bigfork Fire Department responded to the fire along with Cohasset, Deer River and Grand Rapids fire departments.

This story was updated at 3:48 p.m. after the Itasca County Sheriff's Office clarified the father-daughter relationship. It was originally posted at 2 p.m.

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