Home sustains substanial damage in Saturday blaze

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2004

A two-story residence with an attached garage sustained substantial fire damage early Saturday afternoon.

The home, at 50550 Greenforest Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road near Robinson Grocery, is owned by LLoyd and Sherron Collins. No one was home when the fire broke out, according to Gary Hale, fire marshal with Central Emergency Services.

A call advising of the fire was received by 911 dispatch at 1:02 p.m. The first engine arrived within seven minutes of the call to discover the approximately 4,500-square-foot structure charged with smoke, flames shooting through the middle section of the building's roof.

The fire was brought under control within 41 minutes of the first engine arriving and declared out an hour after that, but not before the blaze destroyed most of the living room and caused substantial fire, heat and smoke damage to the master bedroom and bath, kitchen and dining room, while the lower level of the residence sustained major smoke and water damage, according to CES.

The damage was estimated at $225,000. The property's estimated value was $350,000.

Fire investigators determined the fire originated in the living room, possibly caused by a small electric lamp left in the on position.

One engine, two tankers, a medic unit, one ladder truck, a rescue truck and two command vehicles, along with 12 firefighters, responded to the call.

The Kenai Fire Department provided an additional tanker and manned water hydrants to refill the tankers. No firefighters or civilians were injured in the incident.

The extensive damage made the house unsuitable for occupation. The family expects to temporarily stay with friends and relatives. The Kenai Peninsula Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

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