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Young victims of Lucan fire identified

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LUCAN (AP) — The names of the two children killed in a farmhouse fire in southwestern Minnesota this week have been released.

The family identifies the victims as 7-year-old Hazel and 4-year-old Isaiah Thooft.

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The two were unaccounted for after the fire Wednesday. One of the children’s bodies was found Wednesday, the other a day later.

Authorities say the two-story, single-family farmhouse in Lucan was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. The cause is still under investigation.

The Independent reports the United Way of Southwest Minnesota will serve as a Marshall drop-off location for donations to benefit the Thooft family.

A fund also has been set up at First Independent Bank of Lucan. Donations can also be made at other area First Independent Bank locations.

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