Anchorage Firefighter Falls Through Floor Expected to be OK

He was able to crawl out a basement window after falling.

Feb. 13--Anchorage firefighters battled a stubborn fire at a three-story home in the South Fork area of Eagle River for more than two-hours Wednesday evening, officials said.

The 911 call came in around 4:10 p.m. from a neighbor reporting smoke and flames shooting out of the wood-sided home at 6961 Waterfall Drive off of Hiland Drive, said Al Tamagni, fire department spokesman.

Capt. Steve Kostlin said the fire started in "what looked like an atrium" on the left side of the home. Twenty-one units from the Anchorage Fire Department and Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded.

Firefighters initially fought the blaze from inside the home, but an unstable structure sent them back outside. One firefighter fell through the first floor to the basement. He was able to crawl out of a window and was taken to a medical facility, Kostlin said.

"He doesn't appear to be injured at this point, but he will be checked out," he said.

The fire was under control shortly after 6:30 p.m., dispatch said.

Tamagni said Anchorage police contacted the home owners and confirmed no one was inside the home. Red Cross is on scene, dispatch said.


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