Sheriff Releases Names In Fatal Platte House Fire

Scene treated as crime scene

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UPDATE: Charles Mix County Sheriff’s office said when they arrived at the fire that occurred at 36705 279th Street, 3 miles south of Platte, early this morning, the home of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis and their 4 children was completely engulfed in flames.

Preliminary investigation has revealed multiple victims as a result of the structure fire. Those victims were unidentifiable when pulled from the home. As a result, the fire is being worked as a crime scene.

The investigation is continuing by the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Fire Marshall, South Dakota Dept Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms, the Platte Fire and Police Department.