1 person taken to hospital after Hillside house fire

Firefighters respond to a house fire near Beacon Hill Drive in the Hillside neighborhood of...
Firefighters respond to a house fire near Beacon Hill Drive in the Hillside neighborhood of Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday, May 3, 2021.(Marlise Irby/KTUU)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 10:00 PM AKDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 5:33 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Monday night fire that engulfed a home on Beacon Hill Drive in the Hillside neighborhood resulted in one of two residents being sent to the hospital, according to James Dennis, a battalion chief with the Anchorage Fire Department.

There’s been no word on the status of their injuries.

Dennis added that the fire is contained and firefighters remained on the scene of the house fire monitoring hotspots through the night into Tuesday.

On Monday, Dennis said firefighters responded to the garage fire around 8:40 p.m., but when they arrived, it had already reached the second floor of the home.

Alex Boyd, a training assistant chief with the department, said crews made contact with one resident of the home upon arrival, but did not have further information about whether its occupants were home at the time it started.

At first, 14 units responded to the fire, according to Boyd, and were expected to be there for a few hours Monday night. Firefighters were on the scene into the following day and a total of 17 AFD fire trucks ended up responding to the scene with additional tenders for water, according to Dennis.

While firefighters attempted to get the flames under control, the department asked people to avoid the area so fire tenders could efficiently move water between Service High School and the home. The Hillside neighborhood does not have fire hydrants, which required fire trucks to take turns refueling their water supply at the school down the street.

As of early Tuesday morning, Dennis said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Editor’s note: This article was updated with additional information. This article was also updated to clarify that 14 units originally responded to the fire, and a total of 17 units ended up responding to the incident.