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Two Fatalities in Residential Fire



January 02, 2021
Saturday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Fire Marshal Gretchen O'Sullivan released information on the Ketchikan residential structure fire at 3437 Denali Street reporting that investigators from the Fire Investigation Task Force determined the fire to be cooking related, no foul play is suspected.

The Ketchikan Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke seen in a house last Tuesday morning , December 30th, at 4:49 AM. Dispatch was advised of the possibility of a victim trapped upstairs in the home. Firefighters made entry; however, attempts made of a rescue on the third floor were hampered by heavy smoke, heat and flames, according to O'Sullivan. A third building occupant exited the building and remains with family.

After controlling the fire, Firefighters made entry and began a primary search, two victims were located deceased and were removed from the residence. The bodies of the deceased were to be sent to the State Medical Examiner for determination of the case of death.

A GoFundMe page has been created to assist Jeanine Carraway whose husband Nick and her little daughter Madalyn were tragically lost in the fire. Everything was lost in the fire. Money donated will go towards helping the family with funeral costs and damages caused by the fire. To donate, go to Support Fund for the Families of Nick and Maddie.

In all, 35 firefighters and EMS providers with 10 apparatus responded from Ketchikan Fire Department, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, and North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department. Support was provided by Ketchikan Public Utilities water and power divisions. Red Cross is assisting the family as needed.

Quoting a news release from Fire Marshal O'Sullivan, the home was severely damaged by the fire and is uninhabitable.


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