- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) - A small community in northeastern North Dakota is coming together to support a couple who lost their three children in a weekend fire.

Carrington Police Chief Randy Munkeby Monday confirmed the identities of the three young victims - 7-year-old Spencer Tufte, his 8-year-old sister, Melody, and their 11-year-old brother, Alex.

The children died when fire engulfed their mobile home in Carrington’s Westside Trailer Court. Their parents, Dawn and Brandon Tufte and a third adult survived the fire. Brandon Tufte is in good condition at Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities.

Munkeby says his department has turned the fire investigation over to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The state fire marshal is also investigating.

Nearly $60,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe website to help the family with funeral expenses and other needs.

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