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Troopers retrieve body from fatal Kodiak Island lodge fire

Alaska State Troopers said Friday they reached the scene of a fatal fire at a Kodiak Island lodge and recovered a body from the debris.

Troopers arrived at the lodge in the former Parks Cannery in Uyak Bay by patrol boat at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, according to an online dispatch. The troopers boat consisted of the "normal crew," at least one wildlife trooper, two state troopers and a deputy fire marshal, said troopers spokesperson Megan Peters.

The responders recovered the body of one unidentified victim, which will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage for an autopsy. Troopers say they're also working to identify the survivors.

"It is believed that the surviving victims and the deceased are all foreign nationals," troopers said.

One survivor was taken to Kodiak for medical treatment while two others were transported to Seattle, Peters said. She did not have an update about the survivors' conditions.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert said Thursday everyone else in the lodge had been accounted for. The fire was first reported in the early morning hours of Thursday, he said.

The deputy fire marshal continues to investigate the cause and circumstances of the fire. Troopers did not have a timeline for how long the investigation could take.

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.