Firefighters respond to early morning flames in Mendenhall Valley

Firefighters respond to early morning flames in Mendenhall Valley

No one was hurt.

An early morning vehicle fire brought Capital City Fire/Rescue to a dirt parking lot in the Mendenhall Valley.

CCFR assistant fire chief Travis Mead said no one was hurt in the Saturday fire, which involved a pickup truck attached to a camper trailer parked northeast of Trillium Landing — an apartment community for people 55 and older. Mead said the trailer was undamaged by the fire.

“Someone spotted a vehicle that was connected to a trailer, and the vehicle was on fire,” Mead said. “An individual was in the trailer at the time, watching TV and had a generator running.”

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The trailer’s occupant was outside by the time CCFR arrived, Mead said. He said no one was inside the truck at the time of the fire.

CCFR was dispatched at 3:41 a.m. Saturday, Mead said, and the fire was mostly extinguished within 10 minutes. The trailer was not removed after the fire.

Mead said he is unsure what caused the fire, which is under investigation by the fire marshal, or why the trailer was parked in the lot.

He said, in his experience, fires involving camper trailers aren’t especially common and said in this specific instance, the camper wasn’t the apparent cause of the flames.

“I personally don’t see a lot of camper fires,” Mead said. “This was a vehicle fire. It wasn’t a camper fire.”

• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

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