A Soldotna home’s residents escaped a fast-moving fire early Tuesday morning without injuries, but firefighters say the home is a near-total loss.
According to a statement from Central Emergency Services spokesperson Brad Nelson, firefighters were dispatched just after 4:15 a.m. Tuesday to the fire, on the 300 block of West Riverview Avenue. Arriving crews found the multi-story home’s occupants already out and an attached garage on fire; firefighters quickly attacked the blaze and tried to contain it to the garage.
“The fire in the garage was knocked down and crews discovered the fire had already spread into the attic and was threatening the rest of the structure,” Nelson wrote. “Crews were able to get access to the attic and extinguish the fire, saving the rest of the building.”
Nelson says the fire was called in while residents were making their way out of the home.
“It was reported by a neighbor,” Nelson said. “At the same time as the residents were evacuating, the neighbor heard a loud pop -- could have been water lines or something. The noise woke the neighbor, and the neighbor called firefighters.”
Nelson says both the garage and home suffered heavy smoke damage, with heat damage heaviest in the garage and moderate in the rest of the structure. Crews estimate the damage at $100,000, versus a $136,700 estimate for the property’s total value.
“We’ve got crews still on scene,” Nelson.
Nelson credits smoke alarms at the home with ensuring that the residents safely escaped.