Homicide suspected in Minnesota farmhouse fire that killed 2

Published 9:23 am Monday, May 4, 2015

BALATON — Charges are pending after three young men were arrested in connection to a southwestern Minnesota farmhouse fire that killed a husband and wife in their 70s.

The fire Thursday in Balaton killed 75-year-old Jim Hively and his wife, Cathy, who was 71.

Three men ranging in age from 18 to 21 and all from that area of the state are under arrest, and charges could come as soon as Monday, the Star Tribune reported. All are suspected of arson and burglary. Two of them also are suspected of murder.

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Emergency responders were called to the home 15 miles south of Marshall about 9 a.m., the Lyon County sheriff’s office said.