Woman, daughter may have died in N. Idaho fire

Two bodies found in a home near Blanchard, Idaho, following a fire early this morning are believed to be those of the homeowner’s wife and daughter.

When Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, homeowner Robert Sands, 66, said he believed his wife, Mary, 52, and daughter, Angela Sands, 23, may have been trapped in the home, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

The fire began early this morning at 320 McDonald Creek Road and fully engulfed the home, the release said.

Robert Sands told authorities he believed the fire started when the door of the wood stove was left open. Bonner County detectives and Spirit Lake Fire Department will continue to investigate the fire.

There is no suspicion of wrong doing, the release said.

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