ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks area volunteer fire department saved an area home from destruction Sunday even though it fell outside the department's service area.
Alaska State Troopers say they received a report of a house fire just before 3 p.m. at a rural home on Chena Hot Springs Road.
They responded and found smoke pouring out of the home. Troopers rushed inside and determined no one was home.
Troopers said flames inside the garage could be seen spreading into the living room and dining area.
North Star Fire and Rescue responded to the home fire even though it is five miles outside of the volunteer department's regular service area.
The volunteers put out the fire before it spread to the rest of the house. Troopers estimated damage at just four thousand dollars.
Fighting fires in unprotected areas has been controversial in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Homeowners in unprotected areas pay no taxes for fire service. Some firefighters say leaving their districts leaves taxpaying-homeowners vulnerable.
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