Resident loses home to smoke damage

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

JUNEAU - Smoke caused by a fire in a mobile home caused extensive damage Sunday in the Glacier View Trailer Court.

Responding emergency personnel found fire venting from the rear window of the home and were able to extinguish it before it spread to the rest of the trailer.

Several hours after the first response, Capital City Fire and Rescue was called back to the mobile home by a volunteer firefighter for smoke coming from the rear of the trailer. Embers under the fiberglass bathtub ignited the fiberglass base, creating a large amount of smoke, according to the fire department. Foam was applied to the room to prevent any rekindle.

Due to smoke damage, the mobile home was deemed uninhabitable. The resident was referred to the Red Cross, according to CCFR.

A neighbor heard the smoke alarm and called 911.

The investigation showed the fire was caused by a malfunctioning hot water heater.

Hot water heaters are responsible for several fires in Juneau every year, according to CCFR.

The home was valued at about $10,000.

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