House fire sends Kasilof man to Seattle burn center

A residential fire Saturday night seriously injured a Kasilof man who was medivaced to Anchorage for treatment. A few hours later, he was flown to a Seattle burn center.

A second person in the house, a 52-year-old female, escaped uninjured. The origin and cause of the fire are still being investigated, according to a Central Emergency Services press release.

At 7:41 p.m., CES received a report of a structure fire at Sandhill Crane Loop in Kasilof. While in route to the fire, dispatch informed the responding fire fighters that a man had escaped the burning home but was injured, according to the press release.

The first responders arrived within 10 minutes of the call. Fire fighters prepared to extinguish the flames while medical personnel treated the injured man, according to the press release.

The house — a partially built, 500-square-foot, single-story structure — quickly burned and collapsed as crews stretched their hose line to make an initial attack on the fire. It was a total loss; its estimated value was $22,400, according to the press release.

The man was seriously injured, and medics called for a Life Med helicopter. The Sterling Highway was shut down for about 25 minutes to make a landing zone for the helicopter near Milepost 103.

After receiving a few hours of treatment at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, the man was flown to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle.

— Staff report

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