ESTHERVILLE, Iowa -- Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found in an Estherville home that caught fire.
According to a statement from the Estherville Police Department, the man is 69-year-old Paul Ostendorf, who owned and occupied the home at 1414 N. Sixth St.
Both Ostendorf's cause of death and the cause of the fire remain under investigation.
At 3:52 a.m. on Jan. 2, Emmet County 911 operators received a call from a neighbor who reported flames coming from a house near his location.
Estherville firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but the house was heavily damaged in the blaze. Firefighters eventually recovered Ostendorf's body from the home.
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