Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp and Central Emergency Services assistant fire chief Gordon Orth work Saturday at the scene of a fire that killed four in Kenai.
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A mother and her three children were killed Saturday when their Kenai home was engulfed in flames.
The Kenai Fire Department and the Kenai Police Department are investigating the deaths of Christina Hunt, 31, Judy Jones, 13, Frankie Hunt, 7, and Ryan Hunt, 4, after their trailer at 6223 Unit A, Kenai Spur Highway, by the intersection with Beaver Loop Road, caught fire Saturday morning. Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp said the Kenai Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a passing motorist at 9:55 a.m. By the time firefighters and police arrived on scene the structure was fully engulfed in flames.
"Kenai Fire and police responded within six minutes," he said, adding that firefighters from Central Emergency Services and the Nikiski Fire Department provided backup. "Upon arrival (the structure was) fully engulfed."
Kopp said the only person to survive the fire was Christina Hunt's husband, Frank Hunt, 26, of Kenai. Investigation into the cause of the fire and actions taken both during and after the event is currently under way. Firefighters and police will be assisted by the state medical examiner's office and the state fire marshal.
Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly said heavy flames and smoke were pouring through all windows facing the highway. By the time firefighters gained entry into the building via the front door, the building was consumed to the point that the roof and the floor collapsed. A total of 18 people responded with Kenai firefighters doing the investigation.
"(The family) did have a working smoke alarm," Tilly said. "That's reassuring."
Kopp said the family had lived at the residence for about three years. Police were able to confirm that Judy Jones attended Kenai Middle School. He said he spoke with Assistant Superintendent Glenn Szymoniak, who said grief counselors would be available for students at the school.
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