House suffers $35,000 worth of damage in Mackey Lake fire

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009

An attached mechanical room at 42305 National Ave., off Mile 1 of Mackey Lake Road, suffered approximately $35,000 worth of damage after a fire ignited below the boiler Thursday morning.

Central Emergency Services responded within eight minutes of the alarm to the single-story tri-plex after 911 dispatch received a call from an occupant living in the residence at 7:23 a.m., advising of a fire in the furnace room. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Assessing Department, the property is owned by Dudley Abbott, a recently deceased, longtime Soldotna resident.

The first-arriving engine reported dense, gray smoke coming from the rear of the structure, according to the report. Firefighters located the fire inside the mechanical room.

Fire suppression crews had the fire "under control" within seven minutes of the first-arriving engine and the fire was declared "out" within an additional eight minutes.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be from a malfunction on the natural gas boiler, which was resting on a wooden surface. Fire patterns located on the back of the boiler, on the floor and walls support evidence that the fire originated below the boiler, according to the report.

The 10-foot-by-10-foot attached room sustained major fire damage. The remaining structure showed no fire or smoke damage.

One of the occupants, Sherrie Abbott, discovered the fire when she looked out of the bedroom window and saw flames showing through the window of the mechanical room. She evacuated the building and called 911.

CES responded with one engine, two tankers and one command vehicle along with five personnel.

Abbott has been displaced due to the building not having any heat. Also, the possibility of electrical wiring being involved in the fire has forced power to the structure to be turned off, according to the report. Abbott will be staying with friends and family during the time the building is being repaired.

No injuries were reported.

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