Fire destroys home of couple suspected in Spirit Lake foster child death

Published: May. 22, 2020 at 12:16 PM CDT
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Investigators are currently on the scene of a house fire in Tokio, North Dakota, on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Officials with the FBI confirm to Valley News Live the home of 42-year-old Erich Longie Jr. and 45-year-old Tammy Longie was 'destroyed by fire this morning.'

The Longie's are currently charged and jailed in connection to the death of their 5-year-old foster daughter, Raven.

No one was home at the time the fire broke out, no injuries were reported.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tell Valley News Live the fire broke out around 8 a.m., and say the home was a complete loss by the time ATF arrived at the scene.

Officials cannot comment if the fire appeared to be arson.

Certified fire investigators have wrapped up their scene investigation and will work on remaining aspects of the investigation before issuing a determination.

ATF officials say there is no threat to the public at this time.

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