Fire destroys Twin Lakes area home

No serious injuries were reported after a Friday evening fire claimed a single family home on Glacier Highway near Twin Lakes.

Assistant Chief Brian Long of Capital City Fire/Rescue said a second alarm was sounded after 6:19 p.m. to ensure that they had enough firefighters to respond to the scene. Long said the first firefighters arrived within 7 minutes to find the home fully engulfed in flames, and they were able to bring the fire under control within 40 minutes.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries when a de-energized power line fell at the scene.

Two engines, a ladder truck, a heavy rescue vehicle, two ambulances, and various other support vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

Long credited other CBJ agencies for their assistance in responding to the fire, including Juneau Police who were able to find the home’s occupants safe and sound. CBJ Public Works officials were at the scene to help coordinate water flow, and the CBJ Emergency Dispatch Center fielded 39 calls to 911 that were related to the fire.

The origin and cause of the fire is still under investigation by the CBJ Fire Marshall.

The 89-year-old home at 4390 Glacier Highway appeared to be under repairs or in the midst of a renovation before the fire started. According to the CBJ Assessor’s database, the 1244 square foot structure is owned by Amber and Lucas Schneider. Their family includes three children ages 5, 7, and 15 years old, and a dog.