Mobile home fire in Butte claims five lives — all children

  • Source: alaska dispatch news
  • Published: 09/08/2017 12:00 AM

Five children died Thursday morning in a mobile home fire in the Butte community near Palmer. The fire also left two adults homeless. Alaska State Troopers said the remains of the children — all girls, between the ages of 3 and 12 — were recovered by 10:30 a.m. The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire while the state medical examiner is conducting autopsies on the victims. The fire was called in just before 7 a.m. but the home was engulfed in flames when the first of dozens of part-time responders from Butte Fire Department and Palmer Fire and Rescue arrived, according to Butte Fire Chief Eric Van Dusen. The flames burned through one side of the trailer home entirely, leaving a gutted, charred opening.


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