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Fire Scars Vacant House in Nome; Cause Is Undetermined

A house heavily damaged by fire, seen on a snowy afternoon in a rural Alaska town.

update, Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019:

The origin of the fire at 103 East 4th Avenue in Nome is still being investigated. The Nome Police Department now suspects arson may have been a cause for the blaze.


(original story)

Over the weekend, first responders in Nome battled a major fire at a vacant building on the east end of town. No injuries occurred, but the private residence took heavy structural damage.

According to the Nome Police Department (NPD), dispatchers were notified of the fire around 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Emergency services and NPD officers arrived at 103 East 4thAvenue to find a vacant house ablaze with no sight of anyone near the building.

Nome Police Chief Bob Estes says NPD is asking the community for information about any individuals seen entering or exiting the vacant house around the time of the fire.  

At this time, Estes says the cause of the fire is undetermined. As such, the cause and determination of the fire is being investigated by NPD staff Paul Kosto and City Council member Doug Johnson.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Nome Police Department at 443-5262.

Images at top and below: the vacant home along 4th Avenue in Nome. Photos: Davis Hovey, KNOM.

A house heavily damaged by fire, seen on a snowy afternoon in a rural Alaska town.
A house heavily damaged by fire, seen on a snowy afternoon in a rural Alaska town.

2 Comments

  1. Maureen Koezuna on April 22, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    definitely not on the east end of town…Steadman is the dividing line and this 2 houses east of Steadman.

    • David Dodman on April 24, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Hello, Maureen! Thanks for your comment. I think we’re working with two different definitions of “east end” here; our reporter meant the phrase “east end” simply in the context of the house being on the east side of Nome, not the easternmost neighborhood of the city. (The house is located on East 4th Ave., east of Steadman Street, which, as you mentioned, is the dividing line.)

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