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Woman, 4 children safely escape Eagle River house fire

Michelle Theriault Boots
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire in a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire as flames shoot through the roof of a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Smoke from a house fire rises from the side of the Chugach Mountains on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Dana Ouellette speaks with AFD Capt. Jason Dolph as she holds one of her four children after escaping a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire as flames shoot through the roof of a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire in a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire in a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A mother and her four children safely escaped a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A mother and her four children safely escaped a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire as flames shoot through the roof of a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire as flames shoot through the roof of a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire in a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A mother and her four children safely escaped a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire in a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire in a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A mother and her four children safely escaped a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire as flames shoot through the roof of a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A mother and her four children safely escaped a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Smoke from a house fire rises from the side of the Chugach Mountains on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage firefighters battle a chimney fire as flames shoot through the roof of a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. A mother and her four children safely escaped the blaze.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Dana Ouellette speaks with AFD Capt. Jason Dolph as she holds one of her four children after escaping a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A mother and her four children safely escaped a chimney fire at a two-story log home in Eagle River on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News

Dana Ouellette was at home with four children and a fire in the wood stove of her rented Eagle River log house Monday morning when she heard a crackling sound.

She went upstairs to investigate and found that the roof was on fire.

Ouellette called 911 and got her children -- ages 10,4, 3 and 1 -- out of the house.

Firefighters from Eagle River, Anchorage and Chugiak arrived to fight the blaze, said Steve Kostlin of the Anchorage Fire Department. There were no fire hydrants nearby and the terrain was steep.

"It took a while to access the structure," he said.

AFD officials say there's no word yet on what caused the fire, though Kostlin said it appeared to be related to the wood stove. Much of the roof of the home is burned away and the house is water-damaged and uninhabitable, he said.

Ouellette and her family have lived in the rental home since November. Her husband, she said, is deployed in Afghanistan.

A pet dog escaped the fire safely. A cat is still missing.

"Hopefully he's just hiding somewhere," she said.

It's not yet clear whether the family will be able to retrieve any of their belongings or where they will stay.

"We'll wait and see," she said. "We're going to try to make a plan this afternoon."

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at mtheriault@adn.com or 257-4344.

Photos: Two-story log home burns
By MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS
Anchorage Daily News