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Location: Port Protection
Type: Residential Fire- Missing Person

Dispatch Text:

Update 3/25: The State Medical Examiner has positively identified the human remains as 75-year-old Port Protection resident Gary Muehlberger. Next of kin have been notified.

Update 3/22: On 3/17 Alaska State Troopers in Southeast, Alaska responded to Port Protection and on 3/18 a Deputy Fire Marshal from Anchorage arrived in Port Protection to conduct an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. During their examination of the burned structure, human remains were located. The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage for positive identification. The Deputy Fire Marshal has ruled the fire as accidental.

PHOTO: Alaska State Trooper Ryan extinguishes a hotspot on 3/17/21.
PHOTO: Deputy Fire Marshal Rocheleau inspects fire debris during the investigation as to the cause of the fire.


Original: On 3/17/2021 at approximately 1130 hours, AST received a report from the community of Port Protection regarding a fully engulfed residential fire with one person unaccounted for. The owner of the residence, Gary Muehlberger, 75, has not been seen since prior to the fire. Deputy Fire Marshals, with the assistance of AST and AWT, are responding to Port Protection to investigate.

Posted on 3/19/2021 12:08:41 PM by DPS\mapeters

Posting Section: AK Div of Fire and Life Safety