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Mobile home ruined in blaze

Beaver Loop trailer was unoccupied

Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2006

 

  Kenai firefighters Mark Anderson, right, and Abe Porter, left, prepare to extinguish flames engulfing a Kenai mobile home on Saturday as Porter aims a hose into the home's interior. Photo courtesy of David LaForest

Kenai firefighters Mark Anderson, right, and Abe Porter, left, prepare to extinguish flames engulfing a Kenai mobile home on Saturday as Porter aims a hose into the home's interior.

Photo courtesy of David LaForest

Kenai firefighters fought aggressively to enter a Kenai mobile home on Saturday and ensure no victims were inside as flames roared inside and out of the home and in some of the surrounding vegetation.

The residence was unoccupied when firefighters entered and no one was injured, but the mobile home was destroyed.

No one had been living in the mobile home, but initial reports suggest the fire ignited after two children entered it and began playing with matches.

However, the fire is still under investigation and the cause has not yet been confirmed, said Kenai Assistant Fire Chief James Baisden.

The Kenai Fire Department received a call reporting the fire at 11:07 a.m. after someone driving by saw smoke raising from the mobile home, at 4832 Beaver Loop Road. Three engines, two from Kenai and one from Central Emergency Services, and 13 personnel, 10 from Kenai and three from CES, responded to the scene while two Nikiski firefighters responded to man the Kenai fire station.

Entering a trailer fire can pose special challenges since trailers tend to burn hot and fast, Baisden said.

“The metal skin just keeps all of the heat inside,” he said.

Information about the owners of the mobile home is not yet available.

“The owner of the trailer does not live in Kenai so we’re still making notifications,” Baisden said.

A car was parked outside of the mobile home. The car’s owners are still being confirmed.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 11:43 a.m. and Baisden estimated the damages to total approximately $10,000.



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