2 hospitalized in Kasilof structure fire

KASILOF, Alaska (KTUU) - Two people were hospitalized with burn injuries Friday morning following a structure fire in Kasilof, according to Central Emergency Services.

Firefighters responded to a report of a building on fire on Tustemena Lake Road at around 9:15 a.m. When fire fighters arrived on scene, they found a “single-story detached shop/garage” with visible flames and smoke.

“An on-scene occupant reported everybody was out of the building, with three possibly injured,” CES wrote in a statement. “Medical crews attended to the injured parties, while firefighting crews attacked the fire.”

One of the injured individuals was flown to a hospital via LifeMed helicopter and another was transported by ambulance, firefighters said. A third person refused transport.

Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading, however the flames did ignite some of the surrounding trees and damaged multiple vehicles parked in the vicinity, CES said. The Division of Forestry was also on scene in case a wildland fire started.

The building, estimated to be worth about $6,100, was declared a total loss.

“The cause of the fire is being investigated. Preliminary investigation showed a possible cause was gas fumes in the area where a metal drill bit was being used to drill into a metal tank,” CES wrote.

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