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This mobile home at 205 Church St. in Idanha was destroyed by a fire that started late Friday night. Authorities are still working to identify a man found dead inside the structure. 

Authorities are still working to identify the body found in a burned-out mobile home in Idanha last week.

“We still don’t have a positive ID,” Lt. Michelle Duncan, a spokesperson for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, said on Tuesday. “It could be weeks to a month away.”

Duncan said the Linn County Medical Examiner’s Office was working to make a conclusive determination but, because of the condition of the body, might have to rely on fingerprints, dental records or DNA samples. All of those methods of identification can be time-consuming, she added.

Investigators still have not determined the cause of the blaze, which gutted a double-wide mobile home at 205 Church St. in Idanha, a community of about 150 on the Marion-Linn County line near Detroit Lake.

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According to Lt. Laura Harris of the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District, firefighters were dispatched at 11:54 p.m. on Friday and arrived on the scene at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to find the mobile home engulfed in flames.

The first engine arrived at 12:04 a.m., and the fire was knocked down by 12:16, Harris said. Additional equipment and personnel from the Gates Rural Fire Protection District helped with search and mop-up activities.

The fire started in the kitchen, and the body of an adult male was found in the living room, Harris said. A dead dog also was found inside the mobile home.

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Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.