Two Men Die in Explosion at Coeur d'Alene Tribal Casino
WORLEY, Idaho - Two Washington men died in an explosion and fire inside a cargo container at an Indian casino in northern Idaho this morning.
Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Ben Wolfinger says both the victims were employees of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Bingo Casino, near Worley. While positive identifications of the badly burned bodies have not been made, the sheriff's department says two employees of the casino are missing and presumed to be the victims.
They were identified as 56-year-old Donald S. Hanson of Fairfield, Washington, and 49-year-old Richard E. Stokes of Rockford, Washington.
Positive identifications will be made with dental records next week, Wolfinger said. Both victims were inside the metal shipping container, which was about 150 yards from the main casino building and used for storage.
No cause of the explosion and fire has been identified yet.