Troopers: Metlakatla resident dies after going back into trailer fire to find his dog

(Associated Press)
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 3:05 PM AKDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 7:16 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Metlakatla resident died after attempting to save his dog from a residential trailer fire the morning of March 30, troopers said.

Wednesday Alaska State Troopers released more details including the man’s name and the origin of the fire.

Alaska State Troopers posted an online dispatch stating the Metlakatla Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential trailer fire around 4 a.m. on the day of the fire.

Initially, everyone inside the trailer managed to escape the flames, according to the dispatch. However, 36-year-old Metlakatla resident Joshua Maxey returned to the trailer in search of a dog. He never made it out, troopers said.

Upon the department’s arrival, firefighters found the trailer heavily engulfed in flames. After firefighters brought the fire under control, they found the resident inside the trailer.

Troopers say a deputy fire marshal determined the origin of the fire was the area immediately surrounding the wood stove, which had been fully stoked just prior to the structure fire being reported to local officials.

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