Fire claimed two small sheds shortly before noon Thursday. Firefighters from Nikiski and Kenai were called at 11:08 a.m. for a fire at Aviary Street, near Mile 27 of the Kenai Spur Highway.
Arriving on scene, they found two single story sheds, each approximately 120 square feet in size, fully involved.
Nikiski firefighter Bud Sexton said the one shed contained a generator and a woodstove boiler.
Approximately 15 responders, one fire engine, two tanker trucks and Nikiski’s new ladder truck were deployed.
Heat from the engulfed outbuildings melted a portion of the Tyvek Home Wrap the main house and a window shattered.
The single occupant of the home was able to remain inside the home and no injuries were reported.
Both buildings were a total loss. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Sexton said a few flakes of snow started falling as responders were extinguishing the fires.
With the onset of winter, Sexton said it is highly important to make sure homes are fully equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and chimneystacks are cleaned and ready to heat homes.
“We recommend every room has a smoke detector,” he said.
Homes should also have fire extinguishers on every floor. Families should also have an escape plan in the event of a fire.
The Nikiski Fire Department has a free program allowing residents to borrow chimney brushes and extension poles to regularly maintain and prevent the chance of chimney fires.
“That’s one of the biggest things people can do, who burn wood stoves,” Sexton said.