Soldotna fire damages estimated at $150,000

Posted: Friday, December 08, 2000

Three people were displaced Wednesday after a fire heavily damaged a Soldotna home.

According to reports, Central Emergency Services firefighters were called to the home at 262 Cohoe Ave. around 6:08 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 to report smoke coming from the building. No one was in the house at the time.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke in the 4,000 square-foot home, and were hampered in their efforts when fire caused the living room floor to collapse into the basement, said CES Fire Marshal Gary Hale. He said investigators have determined the fire originated in one of the basement rooms, and he cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

"We had a hard time locating the fire because initially it hadn't come through the floor," Hale said. "We were very lucky because one of the firefighters had just done a sweep in the area where the floor broke through."

Hale said the fire caused major damage to 50 percent of the basement and heavily damaged the living room and other areas on the main floor. The remainder of the house and its contents sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, he said. Total damage was estimated at $150,000.

Hale said the home is owned by Brenda Nelson, who was on her way to visit relatives in Anchorage at the time of the fire.

Hale said the house cannot currently be occupied and added that the Red Cross has offered to put up Nelson and two other residents of the home for a few days.

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