City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

Capital City Fire/Rescue

Capital City Fire Rescue Responds to Trailer Fire

On 5-11-08 Capital City Fire Rescue responded to Glacier View Trailer Court space 101 for a reported structure fire. Engine 38, 45, Medic 2, Rescue 1, a Duty Officer and approximately 15 volunteer fire fighters responded and found a trailer with fire venting from the rear window of the trailer. The first units arrived within 1 minute of the dispatch. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire before it spread to the rest of the trailer. The investigation showed that the fire was caused by a malfunctioning hot water heater. Hot water heaters are responsible for several fires in Juneau every year. The Fire Marshals Office would like to remind people using propane hot water heaters to make sure they are properly vented for both exhaust and make up air. Several hours later CCFR was called back to the trailer 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 smoke. The area was overhauled and foam was applied to the room to prevent any rekindle. The trailer was valued at approximately $10,000.00 Due to smoke damage the trailer will not be habitable. The occupant was referred to the Red Cross for assistance. A neighbor calling 911 after hearing the smoke detector and the aggressive interior attack by both career and volunteer firefighters confined the fire to the area of origin and adjoining hallway.

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