Man dies in structure fire

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RANCHESTER — A man died in a structure fire in the early morning hours Monday in Ranchester. The man has not yet been identified, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

At around 2:05 a.m. Monday, volunteers with the Tongue River Fire Protection District in Ranchester were dispatched to a garage-type structure fire near the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and Highway 345. Two Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene when Ranchester firefighters arrived. Firefighters then called in Dayton volunteer firefighters and Sheridan Fire-Rescue Department to assist on scene.

It was discovered that a man was in the camper and the fire initially started in the camper. The fire fully consumed the camper and moved outside of the camper into the garage area. Ranchester Fire chief Donnie Dobrenz described it as a “bad situation,” and said the coroner is involved.

It took crews almost three hours to manage the fire. The primary cause of the fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office.

More information will be provided

By |Jan. 9, 2019|

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Ashleigh Fox joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as the public safety and city government reporter before moving into the managing editor position in November 2018. She is a native of Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles, CA. Before working in Sheridan, she worked as a sports editor for the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana. Email Ashleigh at:


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