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BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Investigators say a 5-year-old girl missing following a fatal house fire in Bemidji has been found safe.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Brittany Rose Balcer was found early Thursday and that a suspect is in custody. Investigators had been searching for the girl since Wednesday when fire destroyed a home she had been visiting.

The girl's aunt, Tiffany Smith, tells the Star Tribune her niece was visiting a close family friend, Melissa "Missy" Norby, who was killed in the fire. Smith says Norby was like a godmother to Brittany.

The BCA had no other immediate details of what happened to the girl. Law enforcement scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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