Explosion causes fire in Chugiak garage; home saved


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Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department firefighters extinguish a garage that caught fire in Birchwood on Oct. 21.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHELSEY HOMAN

An explosion in the garage of a Chugiak single-family house caused a fire Friday, Oct. 21 at 19744 Sunset Boulevard that destroyed the family’s garage. The call came in at 9:30 p.m., said Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, with a crew from CVFD Station 31 on on the scene six minutes later.

In all, Hartley said a total of 15 pieces of equipment from both the Anchorage Fire Department and the CVFD responded to the blaze. Crews had the fire under control by 10:15 p.m. and it was declared out by 10:45 p.m., he said.

Hartley said CVFD left the scene at 1:40 a.m.

Damage was limited to the garage, Hartley said.

“The rest of the structure was fully intact,” he said.

All three people who were home when the fire broke out exited safely, Hartley said.

“There were no injuries,” he said. “They all got out.”

He said the quick response time was key in saving the larger home.

“This was a great save,” he said. Hartley said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but that it’s not believed to be suspicious.

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