Fires damage 3 Fort Yukon buildings

FAIRBANKS — Fires have destroyed three buildings in two weeks in the interior Alaska community of Fort Yukon.

The fires destroyed a tribal education building, a shed and an unoccupied home, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

The causes have not been made public.

Two fires broke out Dec. 3, first in the shed, then later that night, across town, at the education center for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments.

The building is a 20-by-30 wood frame building once used as an office by Alaska State Troopers. Damage was deemed moderate, and the shell remained standing.

A day later, in the morning, the education center was ablaze again.

City police officer Michael Ivey had just surveyed the scene at the education center and returned to his office when he took a report that the building was on fire again.

Ivey and the other Fort Yukon police officer responded with a fire truck but could not save the building.

A fire Dec. 8 burned an unoccupied log cabin.

Ivey said he could not comment on whether the fires were set.

Fort Yukon is a city of 586 at the confluence of the Yukon and Porcupine Rivers. The city is 145 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

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