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Cause of fire that devastated North Dakota town not known

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BUCYRUS, N.D. (AP) - The wildfire that devastated the small southwestern North Dakota town of Bucyrus has been ruled accidental, but the cause likely will never be known.

Adams County State's Attorney Aaron Roseland said there is not enough evidence for investigators to determine the cause of the fire Oct. 17 and 18 that swept through the town, forcing the evacuation of its 27 residents and burning four homes to the ground.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Don Temple tells The Bismarck Tribune that the blaze started in a stubble field about 40 feet from where an abandoned farmstead building had been burned and buried last March. He says there is no reason to think there is any connection.

Roseland says there is nothing to indicate the wildfire was deliberately set.

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