- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a Williston man who died in a camper fire at a truck stop near the city last week.

The Williams County Sheriff’s Office says the death of 23-year-old Phillip Unnerstall Jr. has been ruled accidental. The state medical examiner’s office determined that Unnerstall died of smoke inhalation.

The fire was reported shortly after 7 a.m. on March 21 near the Pilot truck stop. A Williston woman who also was in the camper was able to escape through a window. Fifty-seven-year-old Patty Fouse was treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries and released.

The sheriff’s office says the fire is believed to have been caused by a small propane heater that was being operated inside the camper.



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