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Man survives 3 weeks in Alaskan wilderness after fire destroys house

United States, near Skwentna
January 12, 2020 at 20:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tyson Steele's struggle for survival came to a happy conclusion on Thursday, when he was rescued after withstanding three weeks in the Alaskan wilderness, near Skwentna, following the loss of his home, as well as his beloved dog.

Steele was spotted and saved by Alaska state troopers, who were asked by some of the man's friends to perform a welfare check after they could not get in touch with him.

Aerial footage shows Steele waving by the makeshift shelter the survivor built to survive out of debris he found in the aftermath of the December fire, and an 'SOS' sign carved in the snow to attract attention.

The man's chocolate labrador, Phil, perished in the fire, which was possibly started by a piece of cardboard flying out of the chimney and landing on the hut's roof as he slept. After running outside in his pyjamas, Steele noticed his dog was trapped inside.

Steele survived since mid-December by sleeping in a snow cave before building his refuge, while eating ate canned goods that did not get destroyed by the fire.

The Utah native reportedly intends to visit his family in Salt Lake City, but is still planning to return to the Alaskan wilderness and to rebuild his home.

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Tyson Steele's struggle for survival came to a happy conclusion on Thursday, when he was rescued after withstanding three weeks in the Alaskan wilderness, near Skwentna, following the loss of his home, as well as his beloved dog.

Steele was spotted and saved by Alaska state troopers, who were asked by some of the man's friends to perform a welfare check after they could not get in touch with him.

Aerial footage shows Steele waving by the makeshift shelter the survivor built to survive out of debris he found in the aftermath of the December fire, and an 'SOS' sign carved in the snow to attract attention.

The man's chocolate labrador, Phil, perished in the fire, which was possibly started by a piece of cardboard flying out of the chimney and landing on the hut's roof as he slept. After running outside in his pyjamas, Steele noticed his dog was trapped inside.

Steele survived since mid-December by sleeping in a snow cave before building his refuge, while eating ate canned goods that did not get destroyed by the fire.

The Utah native reportedly intends to visit his family in Salt Lake City, but is still planning to return to the Alaskan wilderness and to rebuild his home.

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