Community concerned after 2 die in Alaska village jail fire

    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 reported Becca White, 24 and Isaiah Parka, 22 died early Sunday in the blaze.

    Alaska State Troopers said a guard was severely injured trying to save the inmates. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said they had been arrested by a village police officer employed by the tribe.

    Authorities said 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 added the incident was the first time in more than 30 years a person has died in a fire in an Alaska jail.

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