Candle in window starts apartment fire

- Staff report

A residential fire in a Soldotna apartment building that started from a candle was put out by firefighters before the it could spread Sunday.

Central Emergency Services responded to a structure fire reported in a two-story apartment building on Liberty Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road at about 6:11 p.m.

The fire started when a candle near an open window was blown over by the wind and a curtain caught fire in an upstairs bedroom, said CES Health and Safety Officer Brad Nelson.

The owner of the apartment used a fire extinguisher to contain the fire while another occupant dialed 911. CES crews from the K-beach and Soldotna stations arrived and put out the fire within five minutes. No injuries were reported as residents were able to evacuate the building, Nelson said.

With fire damage to walls and carpet in the upstairs room, damage is estimated to be about $1,000, Nelson said.

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