Fire destroys Soldotna home

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2000

SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A family of three is homeless after a fire Tuesday afternoon claimed their home near Soldotna.

Central Emergency Services fire marshal Gary Hale said two teen-age boys suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation and one singed his hair while fighting the fire. The family dog succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The two-story home is owned and occupied by Diane Rogers and her two sons.

The family is being put up in an area hotel by the American Red Cross.

Hale said the two boys were at home and noticed an unusual flickering of the lights and then a lot of smoke coming from the other end of the home.

''We pretty much have a total loss on the home,'' Hale said. ''Structure and content loss is about $115,000.''

Hale said he has narrowed the origin of the fire to one of the boys' bedrooms.

''Further investigation will determine what was in that room at the time of the fire,'' he said.

One thing he did find in the bedroom was a disabled smoke detector.

''If it had a battery in it, the early warning detector would have sounded, and we might have been able to respond quicker and extinguish the fire quicker,'' Hale said.



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