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Update 8/27: On the evening of Thursday, August 26, 2021, the Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office and Alaska State Troopers arrested 17-year-old Interior Alaska resident J.G. for starting fires at multiple structures on Chena Hot Springs Road since May 2021, including the fire at Two Rivers Lodge earlier this week. J.G. was identified as a person of interest in the Two Rivers Lodge fire and was located on surveillance video filling a gas can at a local gas station just before the fire was set. After search warrants were obtained for J.G.’s house, electronics, and vehicle, additional digital and physical evidence was uncovered by investigators. J.G. has been remanded at the Fairbanks Youth Facility on two counts of Arson I, five counts of Arson II, four counts of Burglary II, as well as multiple counts of criminal mischief. The Arson I charges will auto-waive J.G. to adult status, and he will be tried as an adult. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.
The Department of Public Safety would like to thank our partners at the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Alaska Department of Law, Alaska State Park Rangers, and the Alaska Division of Forestry for their assistance over the course of this months-long investigation. The Department would also like to thank the residents of Interior Alaska for their countless tips and reports that contributed to this successful investigation; additionally, we appreciate the Two Rivers community members who patiently waited for this arrest and fully cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation.
Original: On August 23, 2021, at approximately 0021 hours the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a structure fire at the Two Rivers Lodge on Chena Hot Springs Road. Alaska State Troopers and a Deputy Fire Marshal responded to the scene and discovered the commercial structure fully engulfed. The structure is believed to be a total loss. The structure was occupied at the time the fire started, however, all occupants were able to escape without injury. A deputy fire marshal has determined that the fire was incendiary and is being investigated as an arson.
If you have any information about any of the fires that have occurred on Chena Hot Springs Road this summer, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 451-5100. To remain anonymous, tips can be submitted online at: https://a.tip411.com/a/80208, through the AKtips smartphone app, or via text message by sending the keyword AKTIPS and your tip to 847411.
Posted on 8/23/2021 4:23:39 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel