Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Fire Marshal Tommy Carver sprays off smoldering material taken from the wall of the Cowan, Gerry, and Aaronson law office on Monday, Oct. 31 in Old Town Kenai. A patient leaving the nearby Cook Inlet Dental office called the Kenai Fire Department after seeing smoke from the building, and two Kenai fire engines responded at 2:11 pm. Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker said the damage was confined to the corner wall and the two people inside the building weren't hurt.

Fire damages wall in Old Town Kenai

Editor’s note: The photo caption running with this story has been changed to correct Kenai Fire Department’s time of response. 

The Kenai Fire Department put out a small wall fire on a building in Old Town Kenai Monday afternoon.

The fire department received a report of a fire in Daniel Aaronson’s law office on Cook Avenue in Kenai around 2:16 p.m. Monday. The fire appeared to be inside the wall, so it’s hard to tell whether the fire started from the outside or the inside of the wall, said Fire Chief Jeff Tucker. The fire marshal will have to investigate the cause, he said.

The damage seems to be confined to one wall, he said.

Wendy Sandifer, who was inside the building at the time of the fire, said the occupants didn’t see the fire — one of the clients at the dentist’s office across the street did and called the fire department before letting the occupants know there was smoke coming out of the building.

“We didn’t know anything about it,” she said. “We were in the main office and it actually started on the outside … of one of his offices that the door was closed. We didn’t even smell it until after she told us and we opened up the door and yeah, there was smoke and everything.”

She, Aaronson and their dog were the only occupants at the time of the fire, she said and they all made it out of the building without incident.

“It’s Halloween,” she said. “I guess this was our trick, not our treat.”


Reporter Ben Boettger contributed reporting. Reach him at ben.boettger@peninsulaclarion. Reach Elizabeth Earl at

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