Firefighters declared a large, multi-story Nikiski home a total loss after an early Wednesday morning blaze.
About 80 percent of the home, located at the end of Eagle Avenue, was burning by the time firefighters from Nikiski Fire Department arrived. No injuries were reported during the blaze and the fire’s cause remains under investigation, according to a press release.
More than 20 personnel — including some from the Kenai Fire Department — responded to the fire with several engines and three tankers. Firefighters fought the blaze for several hours before it was extinguished.
The home’s owners, whose names were not released by the fire department in accordance with policy, were not home at the time of the blaze, said Bud Sexton, fire department public information officer. However, a young man that was there asleep ran out of the house and used a neighbor’s phone to report the fire.
Sexton said there is no current indication as to what might have caused the fire.
“It was so absolutely complete, we don’t have any determination and I don’t know that we will know what the final cause was based on what we have seen,” he said. “It was just a complete and total loss.”
Sexton said he was unsure why the fire spread so fast.
“By the time the young man awoke, it sounded like there was a lot of smoke going on in the house, which means it had been burning for a while,” he said.
Eagle Avenue is located at about Mile 28 of the Kenai Spur Highway, Sexton said.
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