Update: Toaster is found to be cause of fatal fire

    Photo courtesy of CCFR

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - On Friday, Mar. 3 Capital City Fire Rescue responded to a fire at Glacier View Trailer Court resulting in one fatality, one injury, and total structural loss. The investigation is now complete.

    Update 03/04/2023:

    The fire marshal and Juneau Police Department conducted a fire origin and cause investigation for a residential structure fire that occurred at approximately 10:37 AM on Friday, Mar. 3 at Glacier View Trailer Park space #50.

    The fire claimed the lives of one adult male and two pets.

    This fire is classified as unintentional in nature.

    The fire occurred in a mobile home that was occupied by two adults and at least one child at the time of the fire. The child and second adult were able to escape the fire and were reported to have been evaluated by Bartlett Regional Hospital staff for injuries.

    The area of origin was in the kitchen and the cause for the fire is believed to be an electric toaster that was in use prior to the fire occurring.

    It is unknown if the toaster had become compromised or if there was a malfunction with the appliance.

    The fire quickly spread to the cabinets directly above it and then horizontally spread across the ceiling and filled the space with hot gases and smoke.

    Heavy smoke and flames were visible from the first arriving personnel approximately 4 minutes from the initial tone out.

    CCFR would like to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes for early detection, having at least two ways out in case of a fire, and never underestimating the speed at that a fire will spread.

    Original 0/3/03/2023:

    At 10:40 a.m., CCFR responded to reports of a confirmed structure fire at 50 Glacier View Trailer Court, with one person still inside the structure.

    Arriving on the scene, CCFR found heavy fire and bystanders attempting to enter the structure for a rescue effort.

    Fire crews made an initial entry for fire attack and rescue.

    Inside the structure, crews discovered a deceased individual.

    The individual was removed from the structure and fire crews transitioned to a defensive fire attack.

    Following the re-establishment of the water supply, due to heavy snow covering the hydrant, crews reentered the structure and finished extinguishing the fire.

    One individual was transported to Bartlett Hospital for treatment for burn injuries. Two dogs were also found deceased.

    Juneau Police Department remains on the scene working with the Fire Marshal. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    No firefighter injuries were reported. Firefighters from across the borough responded to the scene.

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