Man Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder In Fatal Fire

A 19-year-old Nunam Iqua man is charged in a house fire that killed three people, including a child, in the Southwest Alaska village.

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A Bethel grand jury returned a 17 count indictment against Derek Adams yesterday, charging him with six counts of second-degree murder, one count of arson and 10 counts of assault, most in connection to others in the house at the time of the June 28 fire.

The fire killed 8-year-old Cyprian Ignatius, 43-year-old Joseph Ignatius and 25-year-old Edward Murphy.

Authorities say they cannot discuss motive.