Nome trailer burns down, taking one life

A fire engine from the Nome Volunteer Fire Department is parked on the snow-covered Division. Nome volunteer fire responded to a truck fire in the parking lot of Old St. Joe's.

A fire burned down a residence on the Dexter Bypass Road in Nome Tuesday evening, Feb. 1. First responders reported finding an unidentified body in the building.

A residential structure fire was reported just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to Alaska State Troopers. The “trailer” was considered a total loss by the time the Nome Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze, troopers said.

On the morning of Feb. 1, NVFD firefighters returned to the scene and found the body of one unknown adult. Troopers did not say whether the individual is suspected to be male or female, nor are they releasing the person’s name at this time. AST told KNOM via email that they believe only one person was in the residence at the time of the fire.

The unidentified body from the fire was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification.

Deputy Fire Marshal from the Department of Public Safety has arrived in Nome to investigate the origin and cause of the fire, Troopers said.

Image at top: One of several fire engines in Nome operated by the Nome Volunteer Fire Department. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM (2018)