ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two men in Alaska were missing after a fire destroyed a former school building and forced many homes in a small city to lose water or power.
Dennis Slats, 35, and his boyfriend James Tikiun are currently unaccounted for. Slats’ sister Gretch Chayalkun said Slats had left Sunday evening and headed toward the store on an ATV. He was last seen near the school, she said.
Chayalkun said her brother and Tikiun sometimes hung out under the old building.
The fire started on Monday morning in the small city of Chevak, state troopers said in a statement.
The cause of the fire had not been determined, and no human remains had been found as of Wednesday.
Power had been restored by Wednesday, but water and sewer mainlines close to the abandoned school were damaged by debris, said John Nichols, director of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Rural Utility Management Services.
Repairs that were scheduled to have been completed Friday were supposed to restore water and sewage to nine homes.
The community of just over 1,000 people does not have a fire department. The building was completely destroyed.
No other buildings were damaged by the fire.
State troopers were unable to reach Chevak on Monday because of blizzards and strong winds, spokesman Austin McDaniel said in an email.