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Death of man found after East Anchorage house fire was suspicious, police say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 21
  • Published February 21

AFD investigator Brian Dean investigates an early morning fire and suspicious death at a Nunaka Valley home on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The death of a man discovered after a fire in a home near Russian Jack Springs Park early Thursday was suspicious, police say.

Anchorage police and firefighters responded around 4:30 a.m. to a residence on the 1800 block of Twining Drive following a report of smoke billowing from the home, according to an alert.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No additional details were immediately provided. No one else was hurt.

Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Kendra Doshier said the timing of the man’s death is still under investigation.

Police and fire officials would not say whether anyone else was in the home at the time of the fire.

Fire crews brought the flames under control within 17 minutes of their arrival, assistant fire chief Alex Boyd said.

Anchorage police and firefighters investigate an early morning fire and suspicious death at a Nunaka Valley home on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Though the house was not destroyed, it was heavily damaged throughout, he said. Most of the damage was to the rear of the home, though Boyd said he didn’t have information about which rooms were in that part of the house.

Boyd said the fire department has not declared whether the fire is also considered suspicious or whether only the death is.

Fire officials do not believe it is connected to any of the business fires that have swept through Anchorage in the past several weeks.

“There is no indication that this fire is related to any other fire,” Boyd said.

Aaron Pascar, who lives nearby and was helping direct traffic with the Nunaka Valley Community Patrol, said he rarely sees anyone go in or out of the house that burned.

Nunaka Valley Elementary School, which is across the street from the home, didn’t see any disruptions to its school day because of the fire, Principal Timothy Blake said. The school did reroute its traffic pattern to accommodate police and fire vehicles, but it did not go into lockdown or change its schedule, he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and homicide detectives are also at the scene. Anyone with information about the incident or surveillance footage can call 311.

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