BREAKING: Two fatalities confirmed in Lander fire; Blaze ruled accidental

(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County Fire Protection District Warden Craig Haslam has announced that two victims have been recovered from the burnt home at the corner of Lyons Valley Road and Highway 287.

He said the Fremont County Coroner’s Office is working on identifications. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office previously reported that two children were unaccounted for.

Haslam said the fire has been ruled accidental. The flames originated off the front porch. “It sounds like it might have come from a BBQ grill,” he said. The log construction of the home and 33 mph winds contributed to the fast and devastating nature.

He did not have any information about how the other family members of the Van Dijk family were doing; he had heard, as reported by many on social media, that the mother and father were injured in their efforts to remove the children from the home. He could not confirm that however.

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