One person died in a house fire in the village of Shageluk on Saturday, the Alaska State Troopers said.
Troopers at a regional headquarters received a call at around 4 a.m. Saturday that a house in the village was on fire.
"The house was fully engulfed (in flames)," said trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen Sunday.
People in the village have no equipment to fight major fires, Ipsen said. The house burned to the ground.
On Sunday, a trooper and Village Public Safety Officer who flew to the village to investigate found a body in the rubble.
Troopers believe they know who the victim is but won't release a name until a positive identification by the medical examiner.
The victim is an adult male, Ipsen said.
Troopers believe the house had no electricity and was heated by a wood stove.
"It was a very small home," Ipsen said. "We're talking a 16-by-10 foot structure, and it was wood. It didn't have a chance."
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. A state fire marshal is investigating.
Shageluk is a community of about 130 people on the Innoko River, a tributary of the Yukon River, in Southwest Alaska.
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