Fires destroy two Juneau mobile homes

Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Two mobile homes were gutted in separate fires Tuesday.

No one was injured in either blaze and both have been ruled accidental.

Max Mielke, a volunteer fire chief for Capital City Fire & Rescue, said a fire in Switzer Village Home Park was called in at 11:45 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames in the front part of the trailer and took 10 minutes to put out the blaze, which appeared to have started in the kitchen. No one was home at the time.

Mielke estimated damage at $60,000. Homeowner Payman Hakimi said his insurance will cover only about $20,000 of the loss.

At about 12:30 p.m., Mielke said, firefighters were called to a fire at Glacier View Mobile Home Park. Flames were coming out every window and from underneath the home, Mielke said.

Owner James Montoure said he was finishing repairs on the home and had just turned on the furnace. When he returned from another room, flames were shooting out the furnace door.

Mielke estimated damages at $30,000 to $40,000. Montoure said he had no insurance on the home, a rental.

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