A fire destroyed a Soldotna home Friday afternoon, according to a Central Emergency Services official.
Three dogs and two cats died in the fire, CES Fire Marshal Gary Hale said.
Jose and Laura Marquez were the owners of the single wide trailer home in the Backtracker Trailer court.
Jose experienced second-degree burns on his hand when he tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, he said. Laura and the other two living in the trailer were uninjured, he said.
CES received the call at 6:32 p.m. The first engine was on scene at 6:39 p.m., and the fire was under control at 7:43 p.m.
The home was uninsured and is now uninhabitable, Hale said. The American Red Cross has placed the four in the Aspin Hotel in Kenai until they can find a more permanent residence.
On scene was a CES engine, one rescue vehicle and one medic unit. There were also five tankers and several command vehicles.
Jose had walked into his trailer to use the bathroom after starting his barbecue, Hale said.
“And when he came back out, it was on fire,” Hale said.
The grill flashed and shot a ball of fire into the sky, he said. Wind then blew the fire along the wooden deck and into the trailer’s open door, he said.
“It took us quite a while to get it under control,” he said. “There was a lean-to that was an add on to this single wide trailer, and the fire grew up into the spaces between the ceiling and the roof.”
Investigators suspect a loose hose from the grill started the fire.
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