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No injuries in duplex fire
Residence and personal property damage estimated at $50,000


February 03, 2009
Tuesday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - At 4:47 AM Tuesday morning, the Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a report of "a house filled with smoke"at 1931 First Avenue. Fire Department personnel arrived at 4:51 and found smoke coming from a downstairs apartment. The three-story duplex, owned by Sandra Johnson, was occupied with 3 tenants downstairs and 5 tenants in the upper apartment. The residents of the downstairs apartment were awakened by "a smoke detector going off and the sound of glass breaking." Everyone was safely evacuated from both units and no one was injured during the incident.

Fire Department personnel also rescued a dog and cat from the lower apartment and a rapid fire-attack by Fire Department personnel limited fire damage to a small area of the downstairs apartment with smoke damage to the entire lower unit.

Ketchikan Fire Department responded with two fire engines, one ladder truck and six support vehicles. A total of 20 Ketchikan Fire Department personnel responded to the call. Units cleared the scene at 6:16 AM. Damage to the residence and personal property is estimated at $50,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



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