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Bemidji, Cass Lake, Sherwood and Hamstead fire departments responded to a call of a fully engulfed structure on Beltrami Line Road Tuesday night.

Family IDs victims in Beltrami/Hubbard County line fire

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HUBBARD COUNTY -- The victims in a home destroyed by fire Tuesday night have been identified. 

Phyllis Kleeb, 79, and her son Frank Kleeb, 56, were inside the residence when it caught fire. Phyllis' sister-in-law, Marcia Kleeb, was notified Wednesday morning of Phyllis and Frank's passing. Marcia could see the flames from her back door Tuesday night.


"It hasn't sunk in yet," Marcia said. "I haven't gone over to look."

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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