5-year-old girl missing after fatal fire in Bemidji


A 5-year-old girl is missing after a fatal fire at a home in Bemidji early Wednesday.

The Bemidji Police Department says Brittany Rose Balcer was visiting a home on the 3900 block of Irvine Avenue the night of the fire, but they haven't been able to find her.

Brittany (pictured above and at the right) is 34-inches tall and weighs 50 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes, and was last seen wearing a black shirt, pink skirt with stars. There was also a pink bandage on her arm that was covering up poison ivy.

Officials were called to the home, which was fully engulfed in flames, around 3:30 a.m.

After controlling the blaze, they discovered the body of an adult, who hasn't been identified.

The Bemidji Police Department, along with the Bemidji Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-9111.

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