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Remains found in burned Hope cabin

Posted: July 11, 2012 - 1:00pm

Hope Sunrise Volunteer and Cooper Landing Fire Department personnel found Tuesday human remains at a burned cabin in Hope.

The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and identification. The fire does not appear suspicious at this time, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Authorities have not released the name of the individual.

At 4:07 a.m., troopers received a report that a cabin on Resurrection Creek Road in Hope was fully engulfed in flames and residents in the area said they believed the cabin’s occupant was still inside the structure, troopers reported.

The Hope fire department received their call at 4:15 a.m. and arrived on scene 15 minutes later. All six of the department’s volunteers helped extinguish the fire, said volunteer Scott Sherritt.

The department is well equipped with multiple response vehicles, including 2,500-gallon water tanker, he said.

“We put 3,000 gallons (of water) on the fire yesterday,” Sherritt said.

It is unclear how long the fire was burning before the volunteers arrived, he added.

Cooper Landing responders arrived in Hope after 45 minutes with two rigs to help fight the fire, but they could provide little help by that time, Sherritt said.

Volunteers fought the fire until 9 a.m., dousing spots of smoke to ensure the blaze was extinguished. The fire destroyed the entire cabin.

The Alaska Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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