A cabin fire in the village of Minto Saturday evening killed a woman and seriously burned a man, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.
Mary Ann Attatayuk, who was in her mid-50s and also used the last name Frank, was killed, and 50-year-old Wayne Charlie was flown to Seattle in critical condition with burns over 50 percent of his body, troopers said. The two shared the home, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said. The fire originated in the bed, and both were smokers, Peters said.
Troopers also believe alcohol played a role.
The clocks inside the house melted at 6:45 p.m. The house had a working fire alarm, Peters said. People in the village heard the commotion and came to help, bringing buckets and hoses.
A former village public safety officer and a VPSO who worked for another village were in Minto and "were instrumental in pulling the victims from the cabin," Peters said in an e-mail.