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Anchorage investigators look for signs of arson in fatal trailer fire

By Rhonda McBride 8:49 PM January 3, 2014

Fire crews were called out to the Glacier Terrace Mobile Home Park near DeBarr Road and Klevin Street at about 1:30 a.m.

ANCHORAGE – Police and fire investigators spent Friday looking for evidence of arson after an early morning fire raced through a mobile home in East Anchorage, taking the life of one person and sending another to the hospital.

Fire crews were called out to the Glacier Terrace Mobile Home Park near DeBarr Road and Klevin Street at about 1:30 a.m.

Neighbors were up most of the night. Smoke seeped into their homes, and some feared the fire might spread to other trailers, which are all packed closely together.

Kimberly Garcia, who lives in the park, said she’s seen several fires there in recent years.

“They go really fast,” Garcia said. “My neighbor had somebody get out of a trailer that was on fire. The whole roof had just collapsed in like a minute.”

The person who escaped this latest fire is listed in stable condition, said Jennifer Castro, police spokeswoman.

Castro said investigators are looking into a report from someone at the fire, who told them it was intentionally set.

“We haven’t arrested anyone,” she said. “We haven’t had anybody in custody right now.”

It could take time for police to give out the name of the person who died in the fire, Castro said. With fire deaths, she said, dental records and other evidence may be required.

Investigators removed the body inside the trailer, which was almost completely destroyed.  They also discovered a cat that survived the fire.

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