- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 72-year-old man died Tuesday in a fire in the southwest Alaska village of Chefornak (che-FOHR-nuk).

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks identified the man as a long-serving priest, Theodore Kestler.

The diocese says the fire broke out in the church rectory and Kestler was found inside.

Alaska State Troopers in Bethel received a report shortly before 9:30 a.m. that a Chefornak home was in flames and that residents could not reach a man inside.

Troopers reached the village to confirm the fire and death.

An autopsy has been ordered.

A deputy state fire marshal is attempting to determine the cause of the fire.



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