The Latest: Alaska: Guards couldn’t save 2 inmates from fire

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska village jail fire that killed two prisoners and injured guard (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers say guards couldn’t save two prisoners from a fire that broke out in a village jail this past weekend because they were driven out by heat and smoke.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said Monday that the jail in the tiny community of Napakiak didn’t have a sprinkler system and it’s unknown if it had working smoke detectors.

A guard said a prisoner had set fire to a mattress, but it’s unclear how fire-starting materials got into a cell.

Troopers say 24-year-old Becca White and 22-year-old Isaiah Parka, both of Napakiak, died in Sunday’s fire.

A guard also was seriously injured and flown out of state for treatment.

Peters says the guards’ names aren’t being released because they’re not employed by the state. She says the village owns the jail building and referred questions to officials there.

Napakiak Mayor Joann Slats declined to comment.

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11:55 a.m.

Authorities in Alaska have tentatively identified the two prisoners who died in a village jail fire that also injured a guard who was trying to free them.

Alaska State Troopers say the fire victims in Napakiak are 24-year-old Becca White and 22-year-old Isaiah Parka. The Napakiak residents died Sunday in the fire.

Troopers did not release the name of the injured guard, saying only that that individual was flown out of state and is listed in serious condition.

A second guard reported the blaze was the result of a prisoner setting fire to a mattress, but it was unclear how fire-starting materials got into a cell.

Troopers did not immediately release additional details, including what the victims were in custody for and who operates the jail.

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