Human Remains Discovered In DeSmet Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NEW DETAILS: Human Remains Discovered In DeSmet Fire

FIRST ON KHQ DESMET, Idaho -  Authorities found human remains in the rubble of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's old Sister's Building. The remains were discovered by tribal police during course of the investigation into the cause of the fire.

"We're working with the FBI and the state fire marshal," said Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police Chief Keith Hutcheson. "Hopefully, we can determine who this person was for the sake of this individual's family."

The cause of the Feb. 3 blaze is unknown.

The three-story brick building was constructed in 1908 and used a boarding school until 1974. The original school, which was built in 1882, burned to the ground in 1905. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Up until its destruction, the Tribe used the building for educational and cultural purposes, storage and to house telecommunication equipment for wireless internet services for the DeSmet area.

"We might never know what caused this fire," Hutcheson said. "We don't know why this person was in the building. It's a tragedy that someone lost their life."

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