Fourth of July fire claims Hettinger trailer

Shortly before Hettinger’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display was scheduled to begin, a structural fire ignited on the east side of the city and claimed a local couple’s rental property.

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By BRYCE MARTIN | Group Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Shortly before Hettinger’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display was scheduled to begin, a structural fire ignited on the east side of the city and claimed a local couple’s rental property.

The area surrounding the home in Hettinger was blocked off by law enforcement the evening of July 4 as crews with the Hettinger Fire Department attempted to extinguish the blaze.

Terry Lein, a firefighter with the Hettinger Fire Department, said at the scene that crews arrived shortly before 10 p.m. to find the house engulfed in flames.

The home, a vacant three-bedroom trailer home, had served as a rental property and was owned by a Hettinger couple. It was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

One of the owners of the property said the home was in the process of being torn down because it was old and dilapidated. The owner said she heard that a white pickup truck had been parked at the property’s driveway briefly before the fire, and then mysteriously left.

The homeowner said she believed the cause could have been arson.

Lein said he was at the Kat Perkins concert when he first noticed a structure visibly burning across town. He then made his way through the crowd and to the scene.

Lein said the flames had been burning for about 30 minutes prior to his arrival.

The home was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated. A fire inspector from Bismarck will conduct the investigation, according to Lein.







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