Quick action by a Central Emergency Services volunteer Tuesday morning alerted two sleeping women to a house fire on Even Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road.
Dave Kindred, who lives off Ciechanski Road, heard the fire alert page and rushed to the two-bedroom frame house at about 8:30 a.m.
Kindred, who saw smoke coming from the attached garage, pounded on the front door of the two-story house, but got no response.
He went around back, where he saw the fire burning up from two fish smokers, and pounded on the back door.
Kindred entered the house and found Candice Fasoline, 23, who rents a room in the house from owner Jamey Guerton.
Fasoline's sister, Michele Pecora, 16, said she was asleep and heard the knocking and thought, "Oh, go away."
"I woke up and some gentleman with a walkie-talkie was pounding on the door," Fasoline said. "He was trying to get us out."
Kindred, who has been a CES first responder for just over a year, and the women safely exited the house as firefighters from CES and the Kenai Fire Department arrived on the scene and began working to put out the fire.
According to CES Capt. Lesley Quelland, the fire appears to have started when heat from two smokers on the backyard deck ignited the home's siding.
The fire quickly traveled up the back of the garage, which is separated from the living area by an enclosed breezeway.
Once the fire got into the attic area above the garage, it burned through the garage roof.
Kindred said he did not hear any smoke detectors going off inside the house.
No cars were in the garage, but a snowmachine and four-wheeler were safely pulled out.
Fire damage was contained to the garage, and some smoke entered the house. CES Fire Marshal Gary Hale estimated the property loss at $25,000.
Homeowner Guerton, 28, said he started smoking salmon in the two smokers and left the home at about 8 a.m. to go to Soldotna.
A North Slope worker, Guerton said he has lived in the 7-year-old house for almost two years.
CES Chief Jeff Tucker attributed the saving of the house to the rapid response by firefighters from the two departments.
CES sent one fire engine, one ladder truck, two tankers and three personnel vehicles. Kenai sent one fire engine and an ambulance.
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