Authorities report condition of father...GoFundMe update
CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) — A small community in northeastern North Dakota is coming together to support a couple who lost their children in a weekend fire.
Carrington Police Chief Randy Munkeby Monday confirmed the identities of the three young victims - 7-year-old Spencer Tufte, his 8-year-old sister, Melody, and their 11-yeaer-old brother, Alex.
The children died when fire engulfed their mobile home in Carrington's Westside Trailer Court early Saturday morning. Their parents, Dawn and Brandon Tufte and a third adult survived the fire. Brandon Tufte was airlifted to a Minnesota burn center, where he was listed Monday in good condition at Regions Hospital. Dawn Tufte and Garrett Philips were treated and released at the Carrington Medical Center.
Munkeby says his department has turned the fire investigation over to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The state fire marshal is also investigating. There are initial indications the blaze started in a front bedroom.
More than $60,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe website as of mid-day Monday, to help with funeral expenses and other needs.
Carrington is a town of about 2,100 people about 40 miles north of Jamestown.