Authorities ID victim in Fort Yukon fire

Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fort Yukon have released the identity of a man killed in a house fire.

The victim was 29-year-old Michael Jonas. He was asleep in a rental house when the fire started early the morning of July 2, according to Lt. Jeremy Fernandes of the Fort Yukon Department of Public Safety.

Fernandes said no one else was in the house at the time of the fire, which is suspected to have begun as the result of poor wiring.

Fernandes said four juveniles tried to get Jonas out of the house, but the intensity of the flames kept them at bay.

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