Kodiak Daily Mirror - 2 small fires give Kodiak firefighters a busy weekend
  
2 small fires give Kodiak firefighters a busy weekend
by By NICOLE KLAUSS and JAMES BROOKS
Jul 10, 2012 | 321 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Area fire departments had a busy Saturday as two small fires damaged homes on different ends of Kodiak.

The first occurred shortly after midnight Saturday morning when Bayside Fire Department responded to a fire in Jackson Mobile Home Park.

When firefighters arrived, they found a fire outside a home at the intersection of Jackson Lane and Metrokin Way. Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes said firefighters extinguished that blaze quickly, then moved on to smaller fires inside the home, which was unoccupied.

Himes said the home was not abandoned — the TVs were still on inside — and Alaska State Troopers are investigating the fire’s cause. No injuries were reported.

In Saturday’s second fire, a kitchen flare-up, caused more than $5,000 in damage to a residential apartment in the 1100 block of Selief Lane.

Shortly after 10 a.m. the Kodiak Fire Department arrived on scene and detected light smoke and an activated residential sprinkler system in an upstairs unit.

The cause of the fire was a flash grease fire, which had been extinguished by the sprinkler system.

There were no injuries during the fire, and it was contained to the single apartment. The lower apartment unit suffered water damage from the sprinkler and its residents were relocated.

This was the second kitchen fire within a week; the first occurred two days earlier.

“The Kodiak Fire Department suggests you keep your kitchen fire-safe and know what to do if a fire does start,” Kodiak Deputy Fire Chief Jim Mullican said in an email. “Thousands of people are seriously injured every year by cooking fires.”

To avoid kitchen fires, people should keep combustible materials away from stoves and keep cooking surfaces clean so grease doesn’t build up.

If a grease fire starts in a pan, the pan’s lid should be used to smother the fire. Baking soda can also be used to smother the flames. If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed, Mullican said.

“If the fire’s too big, don’t try to fight it,” he said. “Leave the house right away and call the fire department from a neighbor’s phone.”

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editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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