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Flames consume cabin

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

An apparently abandoned home off of Mackey Lake Road was consumed by a blaze on Monday.

Photo Courtesy Of Gary Hale
Photo Courtesy Of Gary Hale
Central Emergency Services crew respond to a fire at a cabin on Riggs Avenue off Mackey Lake Road on Monday.

Central Emergency Services responded to the fire at 43282 Riggs Ave. after a passing motorist called it in at about 12:30 p.m.

Gary Hale, CES's fire marshal, said the first crews were on scene within about five minutes and reported flames venting through the approximately 1,200-square-foot log cabin's roof. A nearby out-building was ablaze as well.

Hale said Ray Petersen, of Soldotna, who passed away on Feb. 5, according to obituary reports, most recently owned the property.

No one was reported as being in the cabin or any of the other structures located on the property at the time of the fire, and Hale said the area had been vacant and abandoned for more than a year.

Hale said CES notified the Division of Forestry, who responded with a unit due to the wildland fire threat the blaze posed.

The property was reportedly overgrown with dead grass, according to Hale.

Hale said the cause of the fire was still under investigation and that he did not have any conclusive leads at this time as the electric hook-up was turned off.

"Unless someone was using the place and had another source of ignition through an open flame, we don't have anything to go on for causes," he said.

Hale also noted that the property had signs of vandalism and had been visited by Alaska State Troopers, "several weeks ago," in relation to a rash of burglaries in the area.

"They couldn't tell that anyone had been living in them recently as conditions didn't suggest that anyone had been in there in several weeks," Hale said of the troopers's investigation.

Dante Petri can be reached at dante.petri@peninsulaclarion.com



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