March 31, 2009
Hill said, "Firefighters quickly gained access to the house and extinguished a small fire in the living room area of the home. Several neighbors were evacuated for a short period of time as a precaution."
Fire Chief Hill said, "First arriving units got a surprise when they observed an Explosives Placard on the front door of the residence. It was soon learned from the occupant that the placard (sign) was just a joke and that no explosives were actually stored on-site." Preliminary fire-loss estimates are $20,000 with $10,000 damage to the structure and about $10,000 in damages to the contents of the residence said Hill.
Ketchikan Fire Department cleared the scene at 10:49 AM Monday and fire investigators from Ketchikan Police and Fire departments remained on scene until about 12:30 PM Monday afternoon.
Hill said, "At this time the cause is still under investigation."
22 Ketchikan Fire Department
members responded on 7 pieces of apparatus. The North and South
Tongass Fire Departments supplied mutual aid assistance. There
were no injuries reported said Hill.
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