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

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