Human remains found in Coeur d'Alene fire

Desmet, Idaho (AP) February 2011

Authorities in northern Idaho say they found human remains in the rubble of a historic tribal building that burned to the ground.

Coeur d’Alene tribal police discovered the remains in the 102-year-old Sister’s Building in DeSmet while investigating the cause of the blaze.

Tribal Police Chief Keith Hutcheson said last week he’s now working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state fire marshal to determine the victim’s identity.

The Sister’s Building was built in 1908 and used as a boarding school until 1974.

It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been used for educational and cultural programs, as well as to house telecommunications equipment.

Hutcheson says the tribe may never know the cause of the fire – or why the person was in the building.