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Woman dies in house fire in Chugiak

Posted: November 18, 2013 - 3:25pm

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A woman has died in a fire that destroyed a Chugiak cabin.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/l1FPuV) says the woman died Monday after she ran back into the house despite getting out safely.

Chugiak volunteer fire department chief Virginia McMichael says the woman was seen coming out of the South Birchwood Loop Road with two other occupants.

McMichael says the woman's body was found inside several hours after firefighters started battling the fire.

Anchorage Fire Department spokesman Al Tamagni says a man was injured in the blaze and was transported to an Anchorage hospital.

McMichael says early indications point to a makeshift heater or stove as the origin of the fire.

The fatality is under investigation by the Alaska State Fire Marshal's office and the state medical examiner's office.

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