ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Community members are concerned about the safety of Alaska village holding jails after a man and woman recently died locked in their cells as the Napakiak jail burned.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that 24-year-old Becca White and 22-year-old Isaiah Parka died early Sunday in the blaze.
Alaska State Troopers say a guard was severely injured trying to save the inmates. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says they had been arrested by a village police officer employed by the tribe.
Authorities say residents of the Kuskokwim River village tried to fight the fire by pumping river water and using a garden hose to extinguish the flames.
Troopers say the incident was the first time in more than 30 years a person has died in a fire in an Alaska jail.
Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com