Homeowner who died in Tanana house fire identified

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 7:40 PM AKST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2022 at 9:10 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers have identified a homeowner who died in a residential fire in Tanana in November.

In an updated dispatch report posted Tuesday, troopers identified the homeowner as 58-year-old Charles Erhart of Tanana.

Troopers had previously reported that on Nov. 17, Tanana Fire Department received a report of a residential structure on fire. The firefighters located what were believed to be the remains of the homeowner one hour into their fire suppression efforts. The next day, troopers and a Deputy Fire Marshal from Fairbanks traveled to Tanana to investigate.

“It was determined that the homeowner had been seen by members of the community approximately 1.5-2 hours prior to the fire, and was the only individual known to reside there,” troopers wrote in the dispatch. “The area of origin was identified as the area surrounding the woodstove.”

According to the updated dispatch report, the Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire started on the home’s flood, adjacent to the woodstove. The Fire Marshal’s Office classified the fire as accidental.

Erhart’s family has been notified of the positive identification of his remains, troopers wrote.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct that the person who died in the house fire was a man. A previous version of the initial story reported in November identified the person as a woman.

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