Burleigh County Sheriff's Department investigating Thursday fire, death

Burleigh County Sheriff's Department investigating Thursday fire, death

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The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Thursday house fire and the cause of death of a man in the home.

Chad Entzel, 42, was found in the back bedroom of the home on 43rd Avenue Northeast, but it’s unclear if he died as a result of the fire, according to Maj. Jim Hulm. Entzel was the only person in the home. The fire was reported by his wife, who was unable to enter the home because of heavy smoke.

The report of a structure fire came in about 5:25 p.m. The Bismarck Fire Department and Bismarck Rural Fire Department responded. The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, and investigators are looking at the home’s furnace and a small propane heater as possible sources.

It does not appear that the fire was intentionally set, Hulm said, adding that it was an “internal, smoldering fire” that left the structure intact.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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