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Trio Dies in Grand Canyon Park Motorhome Fire

October 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The three victims of an early Monday fire in a motorhome in Grand Canyon National Park have been identified as two students in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, Minn., School District and their father.

Jace and Jersey DeHaven, both students at Skyview elementary and middle school, died in the RV fire, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Their father, Anthony DeHaven, 35, also died in the fire.

A spokeswoman at the Grand Canyon National Park said three people died Monday morning when a motorhome caught fire near the park’s South Rim entrance in Arizona.

Park rangers were notified at 7:22 a.m. of a motorhome with smoke in the cab, Shannan Marcak, the park spokeswoman, said. By the time firefighters arrived to the parking area, the RV was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters found the three bodies inside the RV after the fire had been put out, Marcak said.

The National Park Service, along with the Flagstaff Fire Department, continues to investigate the cause of the fatal fire. Marcak said the RV was still parked where it burned Tuesday afternoon.

The bodies were taken to the Coconino County medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

Students at Skyview Community School, a K-8 building, were told of the deaths Tuesday afternoon and “extra staff members were on hand to offer support to students who needed to speak with a caring adult,” the letter said.

“The accident that tragically took the lives of two of our students has deeply affected the entire Skyview community,” a letter home to children and parents said.

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