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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Cause of fatal fire near Hawley undetermined; Efterfield, 15, killed

  • Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office were still on scene Monday afternoon trying to determine the cause of a fatal house fire here early Sunday morning.
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  • Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office were still on scene Monday afternoon trying to determine the cause of a fatal house fire here early Sunday morning.
    Authorities on Monday identified the 15-year-old girl who died in the fire at 702 6th St. S. as Rylie Efterfield of Hawley.
    Efterfield was one of four family members who were home about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Stephen Landsem of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.
    The other three family members, her mother and her two younger brothers, escaped the fire, which Landsem said gutted the three-story building.
    Investigators will likely not determine a cause for another day or two, Landsem said Monday.

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