ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A fire has destroyed the only store in the Arctic village of Kivalina.

Alaska Dispatch News reports ( firefighters were dispatched early Friday.

Alaska State Troopers say the building is a total loss. It was the only source of essentials from food to furniture for the community of about 400 people.

Some residents sell small items from their homes, but the store was the only supplier of diapers, formula and milk.

The store's owner says it was insured. He says replacing the building could cost $1 million to $2 million.

The community plans to open a temporary store for the winter, and will rebuild the store when the sea is ice-free and materials can be barged in.

Charter flights are delivering baby formula and diapers.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News,