Bodies found in fire identified as brothers who were out hunting

Authorities found their trailer fully engulfed in flames.

Update: Monday

Authorities in Clearwater County have confirmed the identities of two bodies found in a trailer fire over the weekend.

The victims are 57-year-old Scott Tracy Shoberg of Blaine, and his brother, 52-year-old Kurt Allan Shoberg of Andover, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Their bodies were found after rescuers extinguished the fire, which had fully engulfed a trailer in Leon Township.

The sheriff's office says the brothers used the trailer as a hunting cabin. The cause of the fire is still unknown and remains under investigation.

Read the original story from Sunday below.

Two bodies that were found in a trailer fire in northern Minnesota this weekend are believed to be a pair of brothers from the Twin Cities.

Authorities in Clearwater County were called to a structure fire around 7 a.m. on Saturday, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. A trailer house southeast of Clearbrook in Leon Township was fully engulfed in flames.

After the fire was extinguished, two bodies were discovered inside.

The sheriff's office says the bodies are believed to be brothers from the Twin Cities metro area who use the trailer as a hunting cabin. The names of the victims will be released on Monday. 

Authorities are still investigating what caused the fire – no foul play is expected.

Fire deaths in Minnesota

As of early August this year, 35 Minnesotans had been killed in fires, figures from the state Department of Public Safety show.

The department says thirty-six people died in fires in Minnesota in 2016.

Careless smoking was to blame in seven of the fire deaths last year, while combustibles being too close to heat led to four fire deaths. Arson or suicide was to blame in another four of last year's fire fatalities.

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