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Firefighters respond to a Friday night fire

At about 10:30 p.m., CCFR responded to a residential fire on the 8000 block of Thunder Street.

Two people and a dog are OK following a Friday night fire, Capital City Fire/ Rescue announced.

At about 10:30 p.m. Friday, CCFR responded to a residential structure fire on the 8000 block of Thunder Street, CCFR said in a social media post. Upon arriving at the Mendenhall Valley area residence, homeowners told firefighters that the fire was in the attic space.

The building’s occupants noticed the fire when they smelled something burning, according to CCFR. They used a portable fire extinguisher to try to extinguish the fire. Two people and a dog safely evacuated the home.

10-23-2020 Residential Structure Fire
On Friday, October 23,2020, at approximately 10:30PM, Capital City Fire Rescue…

Posted by Capital City Fire Rescue on Saturday, October 24, 2020

A fire marshal investigation found the cause of the fire was accidental, according to CCFR.

The upstairs bathroom in the attic space where the fire occurred was in the process of being remodeled, according to CCFR. It was most likely caused by sparks from a grinder that was being used earlier in the evening to cut nails and screws.

The cellulose insulation smoldered in the attic and eventually spread to the roof rafters, according to CCFR.

The home was insured, according to CCFR. Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

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