Nine pets die in Sunday fire


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The Mariner Village condos, located on Heritage Court in Eagle River, sustained damage in a fire on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Star photo by Matt Tunseth

Nine house pets died when fire broke out at the Mariner Village condominium complex in Eagle River Sunday, Nov. 25.

According to the Anchorage Fire Department, the blaze occurred around 2 p.m. in a ground-floor condo. Station 11 Capt. Al Kara said approximately 18 firefighters responded to the fire. When crews arrived, they found thick black smoke and flames shooting from a window. Kara said the fire was under control within 10 minutes.

No one was injured, but Kara said firefighters found eight cats and a dog dead inside. One cat managed to escape, he said.

No one was home at the time of the fire. Kara said he believes the cause was electrical.

Red Cross spokesperson Kelly McGuirk said the agency provided temporary housing for a family of three displaced by the blaze.

Capt. Kara said two adjacent units suffered smoke damage and broken windows but remained inhabitable.

The day after the blaze, boards covered four windows in the complex, a blue, three-story structure near downtown. Debris and insulation were strewn outside.

With the onset of cold weather, Kara said homeowners should check smoke detectors and make sure their homes are free of dangerous electrical items.

“Make sure you’re using portable heating equipment in the proper way,” he said.

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-27272 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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