One dead after Fairbanks house fire

FastCast digital headlines for Friday, March 24, 2023.
Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 5:20 PM AKDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2023 at 12:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A man was found dead after a house fire near downtown Fairbanks on Friday morning.

According to the Fairbanks Police Department, the Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center received an emergency call just after 11 a.m. regarding a structure fire on Bonnifield Street near Third Avenue. The report indicated there may be a person inside the structure.

The victim was identified Wednesday as 72-year-old Michael Stanton.

The fire department arrived on the scene within four minutes of being dispatched and found “the house fully engulfed in fire, with flames coming from the front and the rear of the structure,” according to a news release.

“Firefighters began fighting the fire while one team of firefighters simultaneously provided a search of the structure,” the department said.

The fire department, which controlled the fire in about 40 minutes, is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire and Stanton’s death, but said that no foul play is suspected.

A house fire in Fairbanks on March 24, 2023, left one man dead.
A house fire in Fairbanks on March 24, 2023, left one man dead.(Billie Sundgren/KTVF)

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.