Trooper car catches fire on Marathon Road

Posted: Tuesday, September 07, 2010

An Alaska State Trooper vehicle was completely destroyed by a fire last month, and troopers aren't sure why.

Lt. Dane Gilmore said that the severity of the damage has prevented troopers from determining how the fire began.

At approximately 10 p.m. Aug. 26, troopers received a call from hunters stating that they were lost in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. A trooper, who Gilmore refused to name, drove to Marathon Road, the GPS location of the hunter's cell phone call.

The vehicle caught fire at about 2 a.m. Aug. 27. Gilmore said that another trooper picked up his counterpart and brought him back to the station around 6:30 a.m.

The hunters had found their way home, according to Gilmore, but didn't inform the troopers until the officers called back.

According to trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters, there is currently no investigation into the cause of the fire.

"It's been partially removed," Gilmore said, referring to the vehicle. "It's going to be pulled out the rest of the way after it freezes to minimize damage."

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