Probe launched after body is found in rubble of Moorhead fire


A body was found in the smoldering remains of a house fire in Moorhead, and authorities suspect foul play.

Moorhead police and fire departments were called to the fire at 1019 11th Ave. S. at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and an initial sweep of the property did not find anyone inside.

A more extensive search was carried out and a burnt body was found in the rubble of the house

According to a press release from the Moorhead Police Department, the fire is under investigation to determine how it started, but the person's death is being considered "of suspicious nature."

The identity and sex of the body has not been revealed by authorities, but the Forum News Service reports neighbors had seen a woman sitting on the home's front steps having a heated discussion on the phone prior to the fire.

Police dispatch logs also show officers were called to reports of an unwanted man at the home around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday – a couple of hours before the fire was reported.

The investigation is ongoing and involves the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota Fire Marshal, and local police and fire investigators.

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