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Six vehicles burned in a carport at the Crow Hill Condominiums Friday morning.

Fire totals six vehicles near Crow Hill Condominum complex

Damage estimated at $150,000, one fire fighter sent to Bartlett Regional Hospital

Posted: July 1, 2011 - 7:43am
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Six vehicles in a carport at the Crow Hill Condominiums burn early Friday morning. No one was injured.  Photo courtesy Sean Swift
Photo courtesy Sean Swift
Six vehicles in a carport at the Crow Hill Condominiums burn early Friday morning. No one was injured.

Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to a multi-vehicle fire early Friday morning in the vicinity of the Crow Hill Condominium complex in Douglas.

Fire Marshal Dan Jager said the call came in at about 12:30 a.m. and was described as a vehicle fire.

“When we arrived, we found out it was not just one, but six vehicles,” he said.

The fire had also consumed a carport, Jager said, which was located approximately 20 feet from neighboring buildings.

Four volunteers with CCFR initially responded, including Jager. Later, additional paid staff arrived to assist from the downtown station. He said it took roughly 10-15 minutes to extinguish the blaze after a hookup to water was established.

Jager said all six vehicles were totaled. Roughly $150,000 in damage and loss was incurred as a result of the incident. He said officials were told the vehicles were insured.

While no one was seriously injured, Jager said one male member of the CCFR was sent to Bartlett Regional Hospital after complaining of breathing problems. That individual has since been released.

Jager said several small explosions caused by bursting tires, fuel tanks and breaking glass could be heard during the fire. He said officers with the Juneau Police Department worked to evacuate people in neighboring structures.

As a result, many residents in adjacent units witnessed the event, he said.

“If anyone has information they could share, if they heard or saw anything, or is willing to share photos … Those fire photos would be a great help to finding out how and where the fire started,” Jager said.

The CCFR has teamed up with the JPD to determine the cause of the fire, which is still under investigation. Jager said the departments involved are suspecting foul play.

To submit information regarding this incident log on to the Juneau Police Department's crime line at juneaucrimeline.com or contact the Capital City Fire and Rescue at 586-5322.

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