Fireworks blamed for North Pole blaze

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Fourth of July fire in North Pole caused an estimated $350,000 in damage.

Deputy Chief Steve Crouch of the North Star Volunteer Fire Department says a group of children and adults were lighting fireworks when one of the firecrackers veered off course and into a 45-foot by 80-foot garage.

The fire ignited the insulation and spread quickly, damaging the structure and its contents - a motor home, pickup truck and several off-road vehicles.

Crouch says the blaze was brought under control in 45 minutes.

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