- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Fire officials have apparently saved a portion of a school building in Bethel that contained artifacts of Yup’ik culture.

Bethel radio station KYUK reports (https://is.gd/Q2GYrZ) the artifacts include hundreds of interviews with elders, videos and other documentation. They might have smoke or water damage, but firefighters were able to save that part of the Kilbuck building from fire.

Besides the cultural artifacts, the building is home to a Yup’ik immersion school and the Kuskokwim Learning Academy.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Students living in nearby dorms evacuated, many wearing only their pajamas. The adjacent armory building also appears to be undamaged.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire isn’t yet known. School was canceled Tuesday.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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