The house fire that caused classes at the nearby Nanwalek School to be cancelled on Tuesday morning has claimed the life of a teacher there. According to the Alaska State Troopers, the body inside the burned rubble is believed to be 50-year-old James Reinseth, who taught Kindergarten and first grade at the school since 2007.
According to the trooper report, the department received a call shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday of a house on fire and fully engulfed in flames. Locals responded to fight the fire and were able to put out, according to the troopers.
The State Fire Marshall responded to the scene and discovered Reinseth's burned body in the debris. His next-of-kin have been notified and a death investigation is underway by the state troopers.
The cause of the blaze was not disclosed.
"Our hearts go out to Jim Reinseth, his family, friends, and the staff, students, and community of Nanwalek where he has been an educator since 2007," said Superintendent John O'Brien. "We are working with our principal and the village to ensure that any additional support and comfort that we can offer is provided.”