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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Two people are dead after a garage fire was reported early Friday morning in eastern Becker County.

A nearby resident reported a structure fire located near the intersection of Becker County Highway 40 and Becker County Road 119 at 1:24 a.m. on Friday.

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Upon arrival, Wolf Lake Fire Department, with the Frazee and Menahga fire departments providing assistance, found the structure completely engulfed in flames.

According to a press release sent out by Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, the garage was a "modified garage with wood heat and furniture."

Wolf Lake Fire Chief Bret Anderson explained further. The garage was "not really for living in it, just to spend a night -- temporary," he said.

The garage is located at a residence, but there was no one home at the residence at the time of the fire.

Once crews extinguished the fire, a motor vehicle was found to have two victims inside of it.

The vehicle was located in the garage.

"It was cold out. Maybe the wood stove wasn't keeping it warm enough," Anderson said as to an explanation why the two victims would be inside the car in the garage.

A Minnesota State Fire Marshall's initial finding indicates that the car appears to have been the cause of the fire. Anderson said he returned to the scene later Friday morning and the exact cause isn't certain, but he's leaving it up to the State Fire Marshall, he said.

Becker County investigators have been able to determine that no foul play is suspected.

Due to the extensiveness of the fire to the building, which collapsed on the motor vehicle, Gordon said he was unable to even provide the gender of the victims.

Anderson said the bodies of the two victims have been removed and were transported to Ramsey County Medical Center Friday for identification and cause of death.

Preliminary results may be available next week from the coroner.

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