Fire Marshals investigating possible arson in Nikolaevsk

Fire Marshals investigating possible arson in Nikolaevsk

A man has been arrested in relation to a fire in Nikolaevsk on Friday.

State fire marshals are currently investigating a fire that occurred on Friday, March 1 in Nikolaevsk, and have arrested one man in relation to the incident, according to a press release from Anchor Point Emergency services.

At 10:44 a.m. on Friday, Anchor Point Emergency Services responded to a house fire on Nikolaevsk Road. The fire had apparently engulfed the exterior porch and had started to spread inside of the house.

Firefighters were able to successfully extinguish the flames before the fire had spread to any other structures.

No injuries were reported and the residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire, said Deputy Chief for Anchor Point Emergency Services Jon Marsh.

Immediately after the fire Alaska State Troopers contacted Derek Jokay, 46, as he was walking away from the burning home, according to the press release. After investigation, troopers arrested Jokay on the charge of second-degree arson.

Marsh said that the Fire Marshal’s investigation is still underway.

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