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78-year-old North Dakota man dies in house fire

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A fire reported at 12:23 a.m. Wednesday took the life of a Thompson, N.D., man.

The body of 78-year-old Norman Fillbrandt was found on the floor of a mudroom connecting his house and garage, said Maj. Bob Rost of the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department.

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While investigators are trying to determine how the fire started, Rost said, it does not appear foul play was involved. The blaze originated somewhere in the mudroom or garage, he said.

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