5 children die in trailer-home fire in suburban Anchorage

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five children, all believed to be girls between the ages of 3 and 12, died in a trailer fire in suburban Anchorage on Thursday morning, authorities said.

    The bodies will be sent to Anchorage for autopsies and to determine positive identification, Alaska State Troopers said.
    Anchorage television station KTVA reported the fire marshal on scene said there were "complicating factors," but wouldn't elaborate.

    Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety, didn't immediately return messages seeking more information, including whether there were any adults in the trailer home at the time of the fire and if the girls were related.

    Authorities have released little other information about the fire, called in just before 7 a.m. Firefighters reported the trailer was fully engulfed when they arrived.

    Troopers initially said they had three confirmed fatalities, but were searching for two other people who were unaccounted for before updating the death total.

    The cause of the fire in the Butte area remains under investigation.

    The Butte, as it is called, is a suburban area that is home to about 3,500 residents. It's in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, about 35 miles northeast of Anchorage.


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