1 found dead in house fire on Chena Hot Springs Road near Fairbanks

A person was found dead Friday inside a home that caught fire near Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers received a 911 call around 4:15 a.m. Friday related to a house fire at the 5100 block of Chena Hot Springs Road, the agency said in an online report. The home was located outside of a fire protection area.

When responding troopers arrived at the scene, they found the single-story home “heavily engulfed” in flames, troopers said.

“A preliminary investigation of the origin and cause revealed that the fire appeared to have originated in the living room and spread throughout the structure,” troopers said.

Troopers interviewed neighbors and friends, and found that the owner and only occupant of the home — an adult male — had been seen the previous evening, and his vehicles were still parked in the driveway “with a high probability that he was inside the structure,” according to troopers.

A deputy fire marshal with the Alaska Department of Public Safety responded to the scene from Fairbanks to investigate, with assistance from the North Star Volunteer Fire Department, troopers said. They discovered the remains of a deceased human adult inside, troopers said.

The remains were transferred to the state medical examiner, who will conduct an investigation and identify the body, according to troopers.