Woman dies in Interior Alaska fire that likely started near woodstove, troopers say

A 71-year-old woman died after an Ester home caught fire Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

First responders were notified about the fire around 8:30 p.m., according to troopers. The Ester Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene with other nearby fire crews, troopers said.

Firefighters found the woman, later identified as Amy Pohl, unresponsive inside the home, troopers said. Crews attempted lifesaving efforts but Pohl died from her injuries.

A deputy fire marshal determined the fire likely started near a woodstove in the living room, troopers said. No foul play is suspected. The home was significantly damaged.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.

Ester is about eight miles west of Fairbanks.