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Fire Claims Roosevelt Drive Home


June 12, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - Forty-one firefighters from South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and the Ketchikan Fire Department responded late Friday afternoon to a home fire located at 6292 Roosevelt Drive, approximately six miles south of Ketchikan.

Chief Scott Davis of the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department said the department responded to a report of a dryer fire at 5:41 pm. Chief Davis said, "The fire quickly escalated to involve the entire structure and two additional alarms were called." He said 41 firefighter responded including 7 from Ketchikan Fire Department and 9 from North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department.

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Firefighter Corey Brown is in the blue helmet and behind him in the yellow helmet is Firefighter Jessica Davis. They are utilizing the largest hand-line that the STVFD department utilizes to exceed the amount of heat that this fire generated said Chief Davis.
Photograph by Jim Lewis

Chief Davis said, "Due to the additions of this structure throughout the years and the difficulty of access into hidden spaces it took some time to get the fire under control and extinguish hot spots." Davis said the the fire was under control at 8:43 pm and declared out at 9:57 pm.

The home owned by Susan Hoyt had been rented for approximately seven years by Steve and Stacy Carroway who lived there along with their three children.

Hoyt told SitNews that the home was built in the 1920's and was originally used as an assayer's office. Hoyt said there had been numerous additions to the home over the years and the building was uninsured. According to Hoyt, the renters did not have renter's insurance; however an account has been set up in the Carroway's name at First Bank in Ketchikan.

There were no injuries; however there was extensive damage to the structure. Hoyt said she learned of the fire Saturday.

According to Fire Chief Scott Davis of the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, the cause of the fire is still being investigated.



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