UPDATED - Downtown house fire claims two lives, 3 injured, 2 escape without injury

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Two people were killed and three injured in a residential fire in downtown Juneau early Sunday morning. The names of those two men has been released by JPD.

    Capital City Fire Rescue fought the fire at 526 Seward Street for over four hours.  It was extinguished at about 8:32 a.m., according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

    When the first police officers arrived on scene, flames could be seen coming from the backside of the house. A woman was clinging to a second-story roof.  Two  residents,  a man and a woman, escaped through a window and were outside when authorities arrived.  The man was provided with first aid for lacerations on his arms by a police officer and bystanders.


    It was determined that there had been a total of seven people inside the residence and two people were still inside. Heavy black smoke prevented officers from entering the residence. 

    Firefighters later located two unresponsive men in the residence. They were transported by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital where they were both pronounced deceased. 

    One of the surviving occupants was later transported by ambulance to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Two  others were taken to the hospital by police. Two occupants were able to get out of the residence without injury. 


    The initial investigation indicates that the two deceased men were foreign nationals.  Police later said they were from Mexico. The men have both been identified by one of the surviving women.  Police say next of kin notifications are pending contact with relatives outside of the United States. 

    Four firefighters were transported to the hospital due to smoke inhalation and exhaustion   All four  have since been medically cleared, according to Fire Chief Rich Etheridge.

    The American Red Cross responded to assist with displaced residents.


    The Fire Marshal is working to identify the cause of the fire as the investigation continues.



    The names of those who died in a fire on Sunday have been released by JPD.

    Both 34-year-old “Wilfrido” Luis Román Olivarría Mora and 21-year-old Adrian de Jesus Olivarría Mora died in that blaze. They were brothers and were both from Mexico. Their families have since been notified.

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