Two juveniles die in Guthrie Center house fire Monday

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Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright, right, said Wednesday's arrests in connection with the May 15 house fire in Guthrie Center were "where I wanted to be as far as getting arrested on such a tragic thing like this. It's been a long process."

Two juveniles died early Monday in a Guthrie Center fire that completely destroyed a house at 1005 Main St.

Two adult victims were transported by air ambulance to Nebraska for treatment, according to Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright.



The Guthrie Center Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene about 12:30 a.m. Monday. The Panora Volunteer Fire Department was summoned for mutual aid.

The Iowa State Patrol and the Panora EMS also responded to the fire, which is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s office.

Arganbright said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The identities of the victims have not been released.

The second juvenile victim was removed from the scene about 2:30 p.m.

The property is owned by Shirley Exline, according to county records.

ThePerryNews.com will update this story as information becomes available.

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