FAIRBANKS — Two Fairbanks-based soldiers were sent to Seattle on Thursday with burns suffered during a training exercise, according to an Army news release.
A tent housing three soldiers caught fire about 4 a.m. at the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base. Two of the soldiers were seriously injured by the fire and were taken by ambulance to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. They were then sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The soldiers are in stable condition. The Army is not yet releasing their names, U.S. Army spokesman John Pennell said. Next of kin have been notified. The soldiers are part of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
The third soldier in the tent helped the other two soldiers escape and was not burned, Pennell said. Other soldiers put out the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Pennell said he didn’t know what kind of tent the soldiers were in but said most Army tents have stoves in them.
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