Couple loses home, two dogs in Sunday fire

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 16:19

A Peters Creek couple lost their home and two pet dogs in a Sunday fire.

Jason and Christina Loan were not home when the fire was reported at around 1:14 p.m. Sunday, according to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Chris Wilkins.

Wilkins said a driver on the Glenn Highway saw a column of smoke and turned into the neighborhood off the North Peters Creek exit to investigate. By the time firefighters were notified, the singlewide trailer with some additions was completely engulfed in flames.

“It had been burning a significant amount of time before we were notified,” Wilkins said.

Although the couple who lived in the trailer was not home, their two dogs, Ty and Winston, were.

“They did not make it,” Wilkins said.

A total of 12 units from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, which was under control within about an hour. Wilkins said the cause of the blaze is unknown.

“Everything in it was a total loss,” Wilkins said.

The American Red Cross arrived to help the couple, who are staying with family. Red Cross regional communications officer Lisa Miller said the nonprofit responded to help the couple and provided some immediate emergency assistance. The Red Cross is also coordinating donations from people who want to help. Anyone wishing to help can contact the organization at (907) 646-5401.

There has also been a Gofundme.com account set up for the couple at gofundme.com/Jason-and-christinas-fire-fund. There’s also a donation jar set up at Pizza Man in Eagle River.

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