- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a 90-year-old man died in a morning house fire after waking his wife, giving her time to escape the flames.

KTVA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1QKK5Se ) that troopers say John Kelsch died Thanksgiving morning when he was unable to escape the flames in his Soldotna home.

Troopers say Kelsch did manage to wake his wife, 87-year-old Frances Kelsch, and warn her about the fire. She made it out of the house and troopers say she called for help from a nearby home.

According to the troopers’ report, a small heater probably started the fire. The home was destroyed.

Red Cross of Alaska spokeswoman Beth Bennett says a chaplain was requested to comfort Frances Kelsch.

The State Fire Marshal is still investigating the fire.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com

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