FAIRBANKS—Alaska State Troopers say a 43-year-old North Pole woman was found dead following a fire in the Fairbanks area.
Steese Volunteer Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 10:25 p.m. and found the front half of the Tungsten Trail mobile home engulfed in flame.
Firefighters searched the home once it was safe to do so and found the body of 43-year-old Robyn Evans in a bedroom at the back of the trailer, according to Deputy Chief Scott Learned.
A cause of death has not been determined and Evans' body has been sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for autopsy. Her next of kin have been notified.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time and is under investigation.
The only source of heat in the trailer was a wood stove, according to Evans' cousin Zena Roberts.
"She was very familiar with wood stoves. Her family’s from the village. She grew up in Manley," Roberts said.
Evans had a 10-year-old daughter who was not at home at the time of the fire, according to Roberts.
"It’s a horrible thing — well, actually it’s very lucky — that her daughter happened to stay the night at a friend’s house last night," Roberts said.
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