Cass County officials ID individuals involved in rural house fire; cause remains unknown

Cass County authorities not sure how and exactly where the fire started.

FARGO — The Cass County Sheriff's Office on Thursday morning, Dec. 2, released additional details relating to a massive fire Tuesday afternoon at a residence south of Fargo.

According to the statement released by the sheriff's office:

Cass County authorities, with the assistance of the State Fire Marshall’s Office, have concluded their initial investigation into the blaze at 12390 University Drive S., and it has been determined two people, Dr. David Lotzer and Nona Koslofsky, were inside the residence at the time of the fire,

Both were able to escape prior to the structure becoming fully engulfed, but Lotzer suffered injuries that were not life-threatening during the incident and has since been released from the hospital.

Because of the extensive damage to the home, authorities have so far been unable to determine the exact cause of the fire or the exact place it started.


The investigation remains ongoing, and no further information was being released, the statement said.

The fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the residence about three miles south of Fargo near County Road 81 and 124th Avenue South.

The home was a total loss.

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