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Authorities investigate fatal East Anchorage fire

Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage Police Department Officers Dave Aldridge, left, and Dave Moll of the Major Crime Scene Unit prepare to map the scene of a fatal fire at Glacier Terrace Mobile Home Park on Friday, January 3, 2014, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Investigators work at the scene of this morning's fatal fire in the Glacier Terrace mobile home park off DeBarr Road in East Anchorage. Jennifer Castro, police spokeswoman, said that police typically investigate all incidents that lead to death to make sure there has not been any criminal behavior. Police have not found any criminal activity associated with the fire in their initial investigation, Castro said.
ERIK HILL
Anchorage police investigators work at the scene of this morning's fatal fire in the Glacier Terrace mobile home park off DeBarr Road in East Anchorage. Jennifer Castro, police spokeswoman, said that police typically investigate all incidents that lead to death to make sure there has not been any criminal behavior. Police have not found any criminal activity associated with the fire in their initial investigation, Castro said.
ERIK HILL
One person is dead and another injured after a fire ripped through a mobile home in the Glacier Terrace mobile home park off DeBarr Road early Friday, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.
TEGAN HANLON
Crime Scene Investigator Amanda Fisher cradles a cat she found in a mobile home destroyed in an early-morning fire that claimed the life of one person and injured another at Glacier Terrace Mobile Home Park on Friday, January 3, 2014, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Fire Inspector Brian Dean and Crime Scene Investigator Amanda Fisher record the scene following an early-morning fire that claimed the life of one person and injured another at Glacier Terrace Mobile Home Park on Friday, January 3, 2014, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill

Investigators are working to determine whether a fatal fire in an East Anchorage mobile home early Friday was intentionally set, a police spokeswoman said.

"It was reported to us that the fire may have been intentionally set," Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email. "However, we are investigating to determine if an arson has occurred."

Firefighters received a call at 1:29 a.m. from a neighbor who reported the blaze at 4110 DeBarr Road, just east of Bragaw Road, a fire dispatcher said. The caller said a person was trapped inside the home in Glacier Terrace Mobile Home Park.

Dispatch said the first of 21 fire units responded around 1:35 a.m. and reported that the mobile home was engulfed in flames. The fire was under control by 2:02 a.m., the dispatcher said.

One person died in the blaze, according to the Anchorage Fire Department. A second person was injured and taken to a local hospital.

Authorities have not identified the victim.

Staff writer Devin Kelley contributed to this report. Reach Tegan Hanlon at thanlon@adn.com or 257-4589.

 


By TEGAN HANLON
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