Fire victims believed to be Amish bishop, teenage son

Published 9:34 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CANTON — A sheriff in southeastern Minnesota says the two people killed in a house fire are believed to be a local Amish bishop and his teenage son.

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase says the coroner has not made positive identification, but investigators believe the victims are 58-year-old Yost Hershberger and 18-year-old Ben Hershberger.

Two bodies were pulled from the rubble of their house near Canton on Monday. A passer-by reported the fire about 1 a.m. Hershberger’s wife, Barbara, and two other sons, ages 23 and 30, were taken to a La Crosse hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Kaase says the Minnesota Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. The sheriff says usually the only source of heat in an Amish home is a wood-burning stove.