KENAI (AP) -- An early morning house fire Wednesday claimed the life of a Kenai man and forced the evacuation of a nearby apartment building.
The apparent victim of the blaze was William Bujan, 58, of Kenai. Final identification was to be made by Dr. Michael Propst, the state medical examiner.
A preliminary investigation indicated the blaze was accidental and probably related to smoking, said Kenai Fire Department Chief Jason Elson. The house was considered a total loss with damage estimated at $100,000, Elson said.
Firefighters were called to the one-story ranch home around 3 a.m. and found the structure completely engulfed. The body was discovered after the fire was extinguished. That took less than an hour, according to Elson.
Residents of a fourplex less than 20 feet away were evacuated while the blaze was fought.
Kenai Fire Marshal James Baisden said he found no evidence of smoke detectors in the house.
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