Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Capital City Fire and Rescue provided an update on two fires that have occurred between 5/17 and 5/18.
On Wednesday, May 17, at approximately 11:18 AM, CCFR responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Emily Way in the Mendenhall Valley. Upon arrival, fire personnel discovered a fire in the backyard of the residence. The fire was caused by an unauthorized open burn. The fire marshal investigation conclude that the occupant did not have a burn permit and the fire exceeded the allowable size limitation and was in a poor location which is how it spread so quickly. The area that burned was approximately 20 feet by 30 feet and did not extend to any other structures. CCFR wants to remind residents to use extreme caution when conducting any open burning activity and to have a burn permit and follow all rules for the permit to avoid a fire problem and possible citations.
On Thursday, May 18, at approximately 5:15 AM, CCFR responded to a residential structure fire in at the 9400 block of Glacier Highway in the Mendenhall Valley. Upon arrival, fire personnel found a two-story residence with smoke showing in the attic space. Personnel quickly extinguished the fire that was active in the attic space and confirmed it to the interior wall and attic spaces. The occupants safely evacuated the structure. No injuries were reported. The fire marshal investigation concluded that the fire originated on the exterior corner of the home and traveled vertically to the roof vent and burned the interior wall space and attic spaces. The actual cause is undetermined at this time. Damage is estimated at approximately $2,000.
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