Smart move, quick response save home

Posted: Friday, March 05, 2004

A smart move by a Soldotna man and a quick response by Central Emergency Services combined to save a $170,000 house at Marydale Avenue and Fireweed Street from burning Thursday afternoon.

Chris Kurle reportedly was working on his Chevy pickup truck in the garage attached to the house he lives in when some spilled gasoline ignited.

Kurle quickly ran outside, flagged down a passing motorist asking the person to call 911.

CES responded within three minutes of receiving the call at 3:11 p.m., with nine vehicles and 17 firefighters, brought the fire under control within four minutes and had it out by 3:17 p.m.

Damage was contained to the $2,000 vehicle and about $2,000 in heat and smoke damage to the garage. The house was not damaged at all, according to CES Capt. Lesley Quelland.

"He did exactly the right thing by getting out and then having someone call 911," Quelland said.

Kurle's quick action en-abled CES to respond without delay and put the fire out, according to Quelland.

Firefighters temporarily closed Marydale Avenue while fighting the fire that sent heavy, black smoke into the sky.

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