Man survives 3 weeks in Alaska after cabin burns down

He was stranded for three weeks. The fire killed his dog and burned down his cabin. Tyson Steele tells Brut about his traumatic experience in Alaska.

How he survived

American farmer, Tyson Steele, was completely cut off from the world in Alaska when his house and everything he had burned down.

He buys some property in September of 2018 One day, Steele decided to give up everything to go live in Alaska. “I really had to get away from it all. Get away from the rat race, the hustle and bustle, the traffic, the bureaucracy.”, he tells Brut.

He found his first plot in Alaska in 2018. It took him seven days to get to the property, and he ended up staying there for a month. He soon met a neighbor, a former Vietnam veteran, and it had been a long time since he had seen anyone. Steele shared that he was super talkative and welcoming.

The vet had an incredible facility. He sadly passed away in the summer of 2019, and his property was passed on to his family. His family put the property up for sale soon after obtaining it, and Steele was the quick to buy it in September.

“There, I started to panic” The fire started when he overloaded the wood stove late one night. A piece of flaming cardboard flew out of the chimney and landed on a part of the roof that was plastic. It caught on fire which formed a hole in the ceiling, slightly above his bed. Melted plastic started to fall. Steele went to get water and grabbed the fire extinguisher. When he pulled the pin and aimed the fire extinguisher, he realized nothing was coming out. That’s when he began to panic.

He went outside to get snow, and that’s when he realized that the whole roof above his bed was covered in flames. And it was spreading quickly. His first though was to save his dog and grab some of his survival gear. Soon after, the roof collapsed.

“My whole identity had been taken away from me” He also thought about taking his gun. He ran to get it and saw that his dog was still caught in the flames. It was already too late. The walls had collapsed, the roof had collapsed, and all he remembers then is letting out a horrible cry. His whole identity had been taken away from him. He lost all of his equipment to be able to communicate with anyone.

Once he managed to put out the fire, he made an inventory of his remaining food. He only had one can for breakfast and one can for dinner to last him for about 30 to 35 days. Shelter was a top priority at this time, so he started building a little snow cave immediately.

He drew an SOS in the snow He drew an SOS in the snow around the eighth day and put together a communication plan. He knew if he missed his regular calls that his private pilot would fly over to make sure he was fine. While he waited, he found a lot of comfort in looking at the beauty around him. He was rescued on January 9th thanks to his pilot. His pilot ended up calling the police and a helicopter was sent out to rescue him.

He had very mixed feelings when the helicopter arrived. He was thankful to see someone but also very sad to leave everything behind, especially his dog without a proper burial.

People don’t understand the full story People don’t understand the whole story. He spent many years there and thousands of dollars to ensure his safety. Something went wrong, and it is still difficult for him today.

There are many films where the audience can see the beginnings of fires, and most people watch these movies without really thinking about anything. For him, it is hard to see them. Images from his personal experience always come back to mind. “My ability to stay happy, find humor in things and laugh, sing songs, it really kept me alive.”, Steele concludes.


02/08/2020 2:57 PMupdated: 02/10/2020 10:07 PM


  • Tammy H.
    02/17/2021 18:14

    So sorry for your loss! Maybe your dog did get out. You said he was terrified and you lost sight of him. Maybe he ran into the woods! I hope you looked really good for him and hes not still out there by himself!

  • Cam D.
    08/04/2020 10:18

    You should have died not your dog

  • Natasha M.
    07/23/2020 21:29

    He even didn’t try to carry or pull his dog from the fire ... He didn’t have any fire extinguisher at the cabin ... that’s such an irresponsible man !!

  • Simone F.
    07/22/2020 13:11

    I’m so sorry your beautiful dog passed away 😥❤️

  • Eleanor C.
    07/15/2020 20:56

    I'm feeling your loss and pray you find comfort and peace and a companion. I too have lost pets due to unusual circumstances. I talk to their spirits.

  • Brendon J.
    07/14/2020 00:01

    Poor doggo.

  • Scott B.
    07/10/2020 14:15

    Too sad

  • Andrew M.
    07/08/2020 23:01

    Guys, learn how to edit. Repetition is very annoying! He already said that bit at the beginning, and there it is again. That is when i stopped watching and came to offer some constructive criticism. This American style of editing is making everyone more stupid. Stop doing it to fill time.

  • Idalice E.
    06/19/2020 22:17


  • John R.
    06/17/2020 09:45

    100lbs? This isn't heavy even for a smaller man, you could drag it but the dog already complied coming off the bed it wouldn't have just turned into a statue and completely resisted when your trying to drag it to safety the dog was also wanting out and would have realised your making an attempt if there was one but sounds like there was literally zero for the poor dog.

  • Dylan K.
    06/14/2020 23:35

    Mate if my dog qas 250kg i would still pick the poor barstard up and carry it out

  • Craig N.
    06/14/2020 18:57


  • Luke M.
    06/09/2020 03:54

    110pounds is nothing to carry

  • Tammie C.
    06/07/2020 23:05

    Everyone should know that fire extinguishers powder settles and hardens. They need to be gently tapped every so often to make sure they work when you need them. They also do "expire". I was told this by a firefighter and I disclaim any responsibility for and to anyone reading this that has any issues with their fire extinguisher. DISCLAIMER because we live in a ridiculous world.

  • Desiree L.
    06/03/2020 14:58

    My house caught on fire and we were left with nothing... 18 years ago I still get uneasy when a fire is on TV. People will never understand it. It’s just something that haunts us the trauma. I’m sorry for your dog, your best friend! Glad you made it out

  • Akima K.
    05/28/2020 20:06

    guys stop blaming him about his dog. he is the one heart breaking about his dog not you. If i were this situation i cannot forgive my self that i left my dogs behind i assume he is a same.

  • Nicholas S.
    05/28/2020 17:20

    What kind of man can't lift 110 pound dog when you're house is burning down!!! Even if it's not burning you should be able to lift him. So instead you let him burn to death WTF !!!

  • Jamie K.
    05/27/2020 21:04

    Why would you go out to get snow to put the fire out and not demand your dog come with you then so he’s already out?? Also, you can’t lift 110 pounds for 10 seconds to save your dogs life? Wtf 😡

  • Mario M.
    05/20/2020 20:17

    Ur always supposed habe another place. Where u can leave a radio. And other supplies.

  • Stavros Z.
    05/20/2020 12:56

    Picked your gun but left dog to die,gratz 👏

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