Structure fire on Slater St. reminds parents to keep flammable items away from children

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On Sunday, February 2 at 9:19 a.m., Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center received a call reporting a fire on Slater St..

Firefighters responded to the fire at Slater St. within moments, but the blaze took about an hour to get under control. (City of Fairbanks)

The caller was alerted to the fire by two children who ran to their house to inform them. The fire’s location was at a house neighboring the caller’s.

According to the City of Fairbanks, the residence had five occupants at the time of the fire, and all of them were able to escape safely. Fairbanks Fire Department crews arrived at 9:23 a.m., and were joined by University Fire Department and Ft. Wainwright Fire Department, who provided mutual aid.

The fire took about an hour to get under control.

At the scene, a Fairbanks Police Officer requested an ambulance for one adult with minor burns. The ambulance was provided by Steese Volunteer Fire Department and the injury was inspected on-scene. Red Cross assisted the displaced residents.

The ambient temperature was 29 below zero. One cat is missing, and another was found deceased.

The investigation into the incident revealed that the fire was started by two small children who were playing with a lighter in one of the bedrooms.

A statement from the City encourages parents to speak to their children about fire safety.

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