Woman who dies in southeast North Dakota house fire identified

April 17, 2024

GWINNER, N.D.–The name of a woman who died in an early Sunday morning fire in Gwinner, North Dakota has been released.

Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper says she was 39-year-old Denise Luttio-Mahar.

Paeper says she lived in the rental home. Luttio-Mahar called 911 and reported that there was smoke inside the house. While she was on the phone with emergency dispatch, contact was lost.

She was taken to the hospital in Lisbon where she died.

Paeper says the medical examiner determined that Luttio-Mahar died from inhaling smoke. It’s believed that the fire started in the basement.