Flames tear through Alaska home, demolishing the building just as crews arrived

A home in Salcha, Alaska goes up in flames early Monday morning. Photo from Salcha Fire and Rescue.
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SALCHA, Alaska (KTUU) - A home went up in flames Monday morning, and the fire caused the building to collapse before fire fighters could begin extinguishing efforts on the blaze.

According to Ernie Misewicz, chief at Salcha Fire & Rescue, the home was located at 7046 Orchid Drive in Salcha, a community south of Fairbanks near North Pole.

The fire was reported on Feb. 11 at 8:10 a.m., and the fire department arrived roughly 8 minutes after the dispatch call, finding the home fully engulfed in flames.

"Within about 2 minutes after the fire department arrived the house collapsed," Ernie Misewicz said. "Hose lines were deployed to protect nearby buildings and storage from the heat of the fire as well as extinguish the fire."

According to Misewicz, no one was inside, and no one was injured from the fire. The owner and sole occupant was not home.

Fighting the fire took over two hours, Misewicz said. Four engines and 16 volunteers from Salcha Fire, a mutual aid engine from nearby Eielson Air Force Base, and a tender from North Star Volunteer Fire Department all worked on the fire.

Golden Valley Electric was also contacted to remove a live down power line that had burned through during the fire.

As for the cause of the fire, Misewicz said that is under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the fire investigators at Salcha Fire & Rescue (907) 488-5274.



 
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