Alaska News

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Body found in Shageluk house fire

Human remains were found in a burned house in the Western Alaska community of Shageluk, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers have not identified the person killed in Thursday's fire. An online dispatch posted Friday says troopers were called about the fire in Shageluk around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. It was reported that someone was in the house, which had been fully engulfed in flames. Troopers say a house-to-house search was done in an attempt to track down the missing person. An Aniak-based trooper and deputy fire marshals from Anchorage responded. Troopers say a body was found in the building after the fire. The remains were sent for identification to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage. Family members of the presumed victim have been informed of the situation. Troopers say no foul play is suspected.
KTVA-TV CBS 11 Anchorage

Friday, January 18, 2019

Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office: Carbon Monoxide is silent, but deadly

With the beginning of the new year what better time to replace the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas, and contributes to a high rate of Alaskan resident deaths. Due to the cold climate Alaskans depend heavily on combustion heat (wood, fuel oil, and natural gas) to stay warm during the winter months. Combustion heating increases the risk of CO exposure. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office warns that household appliances such as furnaces, stoves, hot water heaters, and grills can emit dangerous carbon monoxide gas. To prevent poisoning, install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and near every sleeping area and check them regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. The symptoms of CO poisoning can be difficult to detect, and are often mistaken for other illnesses. Carbon monoxide can accumulate in indoor spaces, usually as the result of faulty combustion heating and exhaust systems.
Delta Wind

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