Authorities identify man found dead in Valley City house fire

The man's body was only found after the fire had already destroyed the home early Sunday morning, Jan. 23.

Photo of the home destroyed in a fire in Valley City Sunday, Jan. 23.
Credit: City of Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Police have now identified the man found dead after a fire early Sunday Morning, Jan. 23, but say they may never know what sparked the flames.

Anthony Mitchell, 65, of Valley City was found after the fire was put out, according to a news release from Police Chief Phil Hatcher.

Mitchell's body was found in the lower level of the home.

That release also noted that first responders were not able to search the home when they were first called out because the smoke and flames were overwhelming.

The home was destroyed in the fire.


The fire marshal also said the fire was so intense and burned for so long that any evidence as to what caused it was likely lost.

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