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Fairbanks fire results in one death

Fairbanks Fire Department responding to a house fire on Minnie Street.
Fairbanks Fire Department responding to a house fire on Minnie Street.(KTVF)
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 5:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A fire in Fairbanks at a Minnie Street residence resulted in one death.

On December 29, 2020, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call from a Minnie Street resident reporting smoke in the area.

Fairbanks Fire Department (FFD) was dispatched to investigate the source of the smoke. FFD personnel quickly located the source as smoke coming from the attic of a house on Minnie Street and upgraded the call to a structure fire with a full response, including mutual aid from University Fire Department (UFD), Ft. Wainwright Fire Department, and the Fairbanks Police Department.

FFD entered the home to extinguish the fire and found an unresponsive adult occupant. The occupant was removed to the exterior of the house for medical treatment including CPR and advanced cardiac life support measures. The patient was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

As of publishing time, the deceased person’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The fire was extinguished with extensive overhaul required due to void spaces in the structure. It took approximately 10 minutes to contain and knock the fire down, and all hot spots were fully extinguished in 45 minutes. There was extensive damage to interior of the house from the fire, as well as smoke damage throughout the building.

An investigation into the cause fire is being conducted, and anyone with information should contact FFD Deputy Fire Marshal Moira Townsend at 907-450-6614 or mtownsend@fairbanks.us. Fairbanks Police Department and the UFD Fire Marshal are also assisting in the investigation.

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