Multiple fires break out in Soldotna area

Three fires and 18 total emergency calls kept personnel from Soldotna’s Central Emergency Services busy Wednesday.

A fire near Scout Lake in Sterling engulfed a home, killing a dog and causing a total loss.

“There was heavy fire on the exterior of the building and the interior of the building,” CES Deputy Chief Dan Grimes said.

Two engines, a ladder, two tankers and 22 CES personnel responded to the fire at approximately 3:30 p.m. and were on the scene until about 7:30 p.m., Grimes said.

There was no immediate danger to any other structures, although flames sparked a small grass fire that extended to the tree line around the house. While the cause of the fire is still being investigated, it appears to have begun on a deck outside the home, Grimes said.

Along with multiple medical emergencies, CES personnel responded to two other fire calls Wednesday.

Reports of an oven fire brought CES and Kenai firefighters to a home off Sport Lake Road in Soldotna. The fire, which was reported just before 4 p.m., was contained to the oven. All residents were evacuated.

CES personnel also responded to reports of smoke at a residence near Foehn Court in Soldotna at about 9:35 p.m. Grimes said the smoke was likely due to an electrical overload.

“Out of an abundance of caution we had them unplug what looked like overloaded devices,” Grimes said.

No damage was reported.

Reach Erin Thompson at ethompson@peninsulaclarion.com

More in News

Sockeye salmon are gathered together at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Dipnets for commercial setnet fishers given emergency approval by CFEC

Up to three 12-hour periods of commercial dipnetting “may” be allowed each week from June 20 to July 31

Council member Dave Carey speaks during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna explores increases to its water and sewer expansion fees

The fees are a single charge to people who are newly or differently demanding or utilizing the services of the city’s water and sewer system

Vice President Tyson Cox speaks during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly to discuss short-term rental tax on Tuesday

The resolution describes a proposed tax of up to 12%

Photo provided by Special Olympics Alaska Central Peninsula
The Special Olympics Alaska Central Peninsula team stands together for a photo during the Summer State Games in Anchorage.
Area athletes claim 45 medals at Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games

The Central Peninsula team fielded 17 local athletes in the competition

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion
Rep. Justin Ruffridge, R-Soldotna, speaks in support of debating an omnibus education bill in the Alaska House Chambers on Monday, Feb. 19 in Juneau.
Ruffridge talks successes, unfinished business after freshman session in Juneau

Ruffridge is up for election this year, facing a challenger in former-Rep. Ron Gillham

tease
Homer, Seldovia to celebrate summer solstice

Events will be held starting June 20

A freshly stocked rainbow trout swims in Johnson Lake during Salmon Celebration on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at Johnson Lake in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Slow sockeye fishing at Russian River, good rainbow trout at Kenai Lake

A Northern Kenai Fishing Report published by the State Department of Fish… Continue reading

Council member James Baisden speaks in favor of an amendment to the City of Kenai’s budget that would add funds for construction of a veteran’s memorial column in the Kenai Cemetery during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai budget amendment allocates funds for veterans’ columbarium in cemetery expansion

A columbarium is an aboveground structure that houses cremated remains

Council member Alex Douthit speaks in favor of an amendment to the CIty of Kenai’s budget that would reduce funds allocated to the Storefront and Streetscape Improvement Program during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Funding reduced for City of Kenai’s storefront improvement grant program

Just over a year after the City of Kenai established its Storefront… Continue reading

Most Read