CES battles residential blaze

A Soldotna home suffered heavy smoke damage following an early morning fire Tuesday.

When Central Emergency Services responded to the West Riverview Avenue house fire shortly after 4:15 a.m., the attached garage had visible flames and the fire was starting to spread to the multi-story home, according to a CES press release.

The two residents were alerted by smoke detectors and evacuated the house before CES arrived and no one was injured, Brad Nelson, CES health and safety officer, said.

After knocking down the fire in the garage, crews discovered the fire had spread to the attic of the garage and house. Responders were able to access the attic and extinguish the blaze, according to the release.

The fire and smoke heavily damaged the garage, and it is a total loss, Nelson said.

Along with smoke damage the first floor of the home suffered moderate heat damage, but the house is structurally savable, Nelson said. The basement saw minor smoke and heat damage. Property loss is estimated between $75,000 and $100,000.

Nelson said CES is confident the fire started in the garage, but the cause is under investigation.

— Kaylee Osowski

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