Boat fire injures two Kipnuk brothers, kills one

by Angela Denning-Barnes on July 5, 2013

A boat fire killed a Kipnuk man and injured his two brothers at the Alaska General Seafoods cannery dock in Egegik early Thursday morning.

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Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Beth Ipsen says troopers got a call at around 6 a.m. about the fire. But due to inclement weather no trooper was able to respond. Instead a local wildlife trooper staying in the area arrived at the scence.

“The investigation revealed that about 3:15 a.m. some people, some fisherman also, moored at the docks saw smoke coming out of the Pauline 2 and then about 15 minutes later they saw flames,” Ispen says.

Ipsen says Paul Paul and Joe Paul attempted to pull their brother Harberg Paul out of the boat.

“Some of their injuries were suffered when they were trying to get their brother off the boat,” Ipsen says. “Unfortunately they weren’t successful.”

Harberg was taken to a clinic where he was declared deceased.

Paul and Joe have also been flown to a hospital for treatment.

A fire marshal flew from Anchorage Thursday and is conducting an investigation to determine how the fire started. The 32-foot gillnetter is considered a total loss.

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