Blaze totals home; kills 1: Nikiski fire still under investigation

Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Emergency crews found the remains of a fire victim inside a Nikiski home that went up in flames Sunday evening. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire and attempting to identify the body.

Nikiski Fire Department responded to a call about a fire on Thompson Trail at 7:40 p.m. Sunday evening, Assistant Fire Chief Trent Burnett said. The structure was "fully involved" when they arrived on the scene.

Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but "we have no reason to suspect foul play."

Nikiski responded with an engine, two tankers, a medical unit and two command units and employed a "defensive fire attack," Burnett said. A defensive attack works from the outside in and is used when the structure is at risk of collapse.

The fire resulted in a total structural loss, Burnett said. Nikiski crews are still monitoring the burn site, making sure that no hot spots reignite.

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