DAKOTA CITY | A man's body was found inside a house that burned down in Dakota City Thursday, authorities said.
After an autopsy and investigation, authorities have determined the man died of smoke inhalation and foul play is not suspected, according to a news release from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office is continuing an investigation to find the identity of the man.
The Dakota City Fire Department responded to the fire at 1906 Highway 77 around 10:18 a.m. Thursday. Authorities made contact with the homeowner, who was in Arizona at the time, and said no one was supposed to be in the house.
While fighting the fire, firefighters located a body inside, the release said, and the body was transported to Sioux City for an autopsy. Based on that autopsy, authorities believe the victim was Native American but do not know his identity.
The home was a total loss in the fire.
The Dakota City Fire Department was assisted through mutual aid by the South Sioux City and Homer fire departments. Also assisting the sheriff's office in the investigation are the Dakota County Attorney's Office, Nebraska State Fire Marshal, Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services.