Authorities identify person found dead in Sand Lake house fire
The person found dead after an early morning house fire over the weekend has been identified by police.
On Thursday, the Anchorage Police Department stated the person found dead was 47-year-old Katherine Schmidt. The medical examiner will be determining the official cause of death, according to a statement from police.
Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting the fire around 2:08 a.m. Sunday, according to a release that day from the Anchorage Fire Department. AFD said callers reported both smoke and fire coming from a one-story single family residence on the 5000 block of Strawberry Road.
"The first AFD units arriving on location found the structure fully involved with fire showing through the roof and coming out the windows," the release stated. "As the fire was spreading into adjacent trees, wood fencing, and threatening other homes, crews immediately began a defensive operation to stop the spread of the fire."
AFD said a total of 13 fire apparatus, command, and support apparatus responded to the fire. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control before 3 a.m.
When crews searched the house, Schmidt was found. According to AFD, no other occupants were in the home and no firefighters were injured. AFD said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, police stated on Thursday. Anyone with information about the fire is urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 311.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the name of the person found dead in the fire.
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