Fire ruins structure near Tustumena Lake

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2005

A combination trailer and lean-to building and its contents on Tustumena Lake Road were destroyed by fire late Friday. No one was injured.

According to Central Emergency Services, James Carnegie was driving back from Tustumena Lake when he saw what he thought was a large bonfire through the trees at Mile 1.5 Tustumena Lake Road.

When he looked closer he saw it was an approximately 20-by-20-foot structure on fire. Carnegie called 911 at 11:46 p.m. He woke up some people sleeping in a home near the structure and told them about the fire, which appeared to be on their property. The structure's owners are listed as Jack and Wanda Dornbusch. The estimated value of the structure was $15,000.

The first fire engine on the scene reported the roof had collapsed and the building was completely engulfed in flames. In all, one engine, three tankers, a medic unit, one command vehicle and 11 personnel responded. The fire was declared under control 20 minutes after the engine got there and was declared out 23 minutes after that.

No one had been in the building since about three hours before the fire was reported, according to CES. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but arson has been ruled out.



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