Woman dies in house fire in Ekwok, near Dillingham

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2010

ANCHORAGE — A woman died in a house fire in the village of Ekwok, about 40 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwestern Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say 56-year-old Juanita Nelson and her 51-year-old husband Robert Nelson were in the home early Wednesday when the fire broke out. He got out and called for help.

Robert Nelson and a village safety officer attempted a rescue but were driven back by smoke and flames.

Her remains were later found in the burned-out house.

Robert Nelson was treated for injuries at Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham.

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