Troopers indentify woman killed in fire near Willow

Anchorage Daily NewsApril 11, 2012 

Alaska State Troopers say a woman who died in a cabin fire Easter morning at Deshka Landing, near Willow, was an Anchorage resident vacationing with her boyfriend.

A trooper spokeswoman said Tari K. Flannery, 49, was staying in the small, plywood cabin owned by the couple's friends.

It was about 8 a.m. Sunday when a call came in reporting the fire, troopers said in a written statement.

The boyfriend, unnamed in a trooper dispatch posted online, had gone to a store and came back to find the cabin burning, said troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. According to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, he burned himself trying to get inside.

"By the time the responders got there, it was pretty far gone," Ipsen said. "It really didn't take much time for it to burn to the ground. There wasn't much firefighters could do."

The roughly 800-square-foot structure was described as a total loss. About two hours after the initial call for help, firefighters pulled out Flannery's body, troopers said.

A medical examiner made positive identification of Flannery's remains, and troopers released her name Wednesday. Flannery's injuries and cause of death were consistent with those from a fire, Ipsen said.

Fire investigators continue to look into the fire's cause, Ipsen said.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

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