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House fire sends Kasilof man to Seattle burn center

Posted: October 29, 2012 - 10:14pm  |  Updated: October 29, 2012 - 10:15pm

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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polaris144 10/30/12 - 07:19 pm
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im just wondring why they dont know where or why the fire started when there was two people there

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JOAT 10/30/12 - 09:31 pm
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Are you a fire investigator?

Knowing the cause of a fire is a complicated investigation based on a lot of speculation. The majority of fires result in a suspected cause, but not a proven cause.

Just because people were there doesn't say anything about what caused the fire or if they would know what might have caused it. To be blunt, when the start of a fire is witnessed by a person, it is generally extinguished by that individual immediately and while it is still incipient. The fact that the house was fully involved within a 10-minute response window says that the fire was already burning pretty well when it was discovered and reported. A fire can start in a crawlspace or an unoccupied room and be well beyond stopping before people in the house are aware of it (though smoke detectors, a combo of photo and ionizing types, will lessen that possibility).

Our thoughts and prayers should be going out to the burned individual. They didn't mention that person's age, but burns that are serious enough to warrant a flight to Seattle are the kinds of injuries that can be life threatening even days later.

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