Woman dies in house fire at Eagle Village

Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A residential fire killed a woman in the small community of Eagle Village over the weekend.

Relatives said 41-year-old Debbie Stevens was home alone when the fire broke out Saturday night. Authorities believe she was trying to escape from the blaze.

Eagle resident John Borg said the roof had collapsed by the time fire trucks could get to the blaze.

''It's a terrible tragedy for a little community like this,'' Borg said. ''She had a sweet personality. She's certainly going to be missed.''

Stevens' remains were found a few feet from the door, authorities said. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Stevens' death was the second in less than two weeks at the village, which is located alongside the Yukon River, about 380 road miles east of Fairbanks.

Norman David was found dead in the woods between Long Lake and Eagle Village on Jan. 23, authorities said.

David died from exposure when he got lost while walking home from a village outing, the Alaska State Troopers said.

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