Fire, smoke damages Clam Gulch house

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A fire swept through a vacant seasonal home Saturday afternoon in Clam Gulch.

Photos Courtesy Of David Laforest, Ces
Photos Courtesy Of David Laforest, Ces
Central Emergency Services firefighter John Perna hits the fire in a crawl space under a house Saturday at Mile 120 of the Sterling Highway in Clam Gulch.

No one was injured in the blaze at Mile 118.5 of the Sterling Highway. Owner's Lori and Dave Crane, of Seward, were not there at the time.

Central Emergency Services reported in a release that a passing motorist dialed 911 when they saw the blaze.

The fire originated in a crawl space in the single-story home and though still under investigation, it is believed to have been the result of electrical arcing or short-circuiting.

It's possible the blaze had been burning within the insulation for some time, CES said.

Fire damage was heavily concentrated in the unit's single bathroom. The remainder of the home sustained significant heat and smoke damage.

Total damages were estimated at $25,000.

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