- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a person has died in a residential fire in Port Lions.

Troopers say a deputy fire marshal Monday recovered the remains of what is believed to have been 72-year-old Nicholas Nelson Sr. of Port Lions.

Troopers in Kodiak were notified of the fire shortly after midnight Monday.

The single-family home was heavily damaged. According to troopers, the house had smoke detectors installed, but they did not appear to be functioning.

Troopers say the remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for positive identification and an autopsy.

According to troopers, the fire originated in the crawl space of the home, but the circumstances have not been determined.

Port Lions is an Alutiiq community of about 175 located on the north coast of Kodiak Island.


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