Fire damages Douglas Island duplex

A possible electrical malfunction is believed to be the cause of a Thursday morning fire at a Douglas Island duplex.

Assistant Chief Ed Quinto said they responded to the 10 a.m. call at 2358 Old Lawson Creek Road.

He said that one side of the three-story structure was on fire when they arrived, and firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze in the living room of the unit.

Fire and smoke damage was estimated at $40,000 and appeared to be limited to the living room and one side of the duplex.

No one was injured and no one was in the unit when the fire broke out, although Quinto said that a cat perished in the fire.

He said the Fire Marshall is still investigating the fire to definitively determine its cause.