Ham Lake Fire Kills Two

A house fire in Ham Lake, Minn. left an elderly couple dead on Friday night.

Walter and Helen Ehrnreiter, both 93, had been married for over 70 years until their bodies were discovered in the home after the fire had been contained. Lt. Paul Sommer, spokesman for the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, said firefighters found one in the living room and the other in the bedroom, according to the Pioneer Press.

A passerby called 911 to report the fire at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. This was only two and a half hours after a family friend had visited Ehrnreiters, reports the Star Tribune.

Authorities are still unsure about what caused the fire.

Walter and Helen were known in the community as a couple that was constantly together, so their shared death seemed all but fitting.

"They died the way they lived -- together," said Dave Egan, a friend from church, told the Star Tribune.

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by joh07431 published on February 13, 2011 5:58 PM.

Longest-Married Minn. Couple Honored was the previous entry in this blog.

UNICEF Dropped from Barcelona Soccer Kit is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.