Man presumably killed in house fire Sunday night

A man was apparently killed in a house fire Sunday night in Port Hope Township.

According to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters responded Sunday around 8 p.m. on report of a structure fire with a male unaccounted for on the 7500 block of Bittern Rd. NE.

Upon arrival, the two-story structure was fully engulfed in flames, and due to the intensity of the fire, it was extinguished from the outside.

After the fire was put out, the body of an adult male was found.

Thirty-four firefighters were on the scene for about seven hours, using 12 pieces of equipment.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Bemidji Ambulance Service, Blackduck Fire Department, Beltrami Electric, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted at the scene.

No firefighter injuries were reported.

The structure and its contents are considered a total loss.

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