An early morning fire damaged an apartment Wednesday in Kenai but no occupants were found inside.
Kenai Fire Department received a call for a structure fire at 7:11 a.m. on Linwood Lane. When crews arrived on scene they found smoke and flames coming from one of the four-plex units, said Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker.
Firefighters performed a search and found the apartment unoccupied. The damage was contained to the living room of the two-bedroom apartment and the fire was extinguished in 15 minutes, he said.
The entire building was evacuated as a precaution. The renter of the apartment was found at a family’s house and had been gone three days, Tucker said.
Kenai Fire Marshall Tommy Carver is investigating the cause of the fire. The living room sustained extensive smoke damage and personal items were lost, he said. It is not known if the renter had renter’s insurance, Tucker said.
— Dan Balmer