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2 found dead after trailer fire near Soldotna

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: December 27, 2016
  • Published December 27, 2016

Crews found two people dead in a trailer south of Soldotna on Christmas Day after a fire that remains under investigation.

Central Emergency Services firefighter Brad Nelson said Tuesday fire crews were called to the 17-foot camper-trailer on Cardwell Road, off the Sterling Highway, at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The trailer was engulfed in flames before that report even came in.

"When the very first caller called, it was already fully involved," Nelson said.

Responding firefighters found the bodies while working to extinguish the blaze. Nelson said no signs of foul play or arson were found, but an initial examination of the trailer after the bodies were discovered didn't turn up any further sign of the origin or cause.

"It was such fire damage and smoke damage to the degree where it's (initially) going to be undetermined," Nelson said.

Alaska State Troopers and staff from the state fire marshal's office were called to the scene for further investigation, Nelson said, and the bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage for autopsy and positive identification.

Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said Tuesday the names of the deceased hadn't yet been released.

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