Nome woman died in hotel fire

    Nome, Alaska (KINY) Officials have identified the victim in Tuesday's fire at the Polaris Hotel.

    The victim was identified as Betty Haugen, 63.  The fire early Tuesday completed destroyed the 1950s era hotel and caused over $750,000 in property damage.  The State Fire Marshall sent investigators to the site for an investigation.  They have not released the cause of the blaze.

    A person at the hotel smelled smoke and quickly took action.   Officials praised the unnamed person with helping to save lives.  Several people in the hotel were able to evacuate safely.  The hotel was a popular spot for spectators and officials with the Iditarod Sled Dog Race each year.

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