Family homeless after mobile home fire at Malaspina Trailer Park

Devin Kelly
Anchorage firefighters responded to a mobile home in the Malaspina Trailer Park on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
Bill Roth
Anchorage Fire Department firefighters prepare to check on propane tanks in a trailer home after knocking down flames at Malaspina Trailer Park at 1545 Hoyt Street on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill

Two mobile homes were destroyed and a family left homeless Wednesday after two unrelated fires struck the Malaspina Trailer Park in less than 24 hours.

In the first blaze, firefighters responded Tuesday to an 11:44 p.m. call from the 1545 Hoyt Street park, said Julie Rychetnik, an Anchorage Fire Department dispatcher. The 13 units that responded found flames spreading underneath the trailer.

"Then the fire erupted pretty quickly," Rychetnik said.

The fire was under control by 12:26 a.m., she said, and at least one unit remained on the scene until 5:20 a.m. Wednesday to complete salvage operations. The mobile home was left uninhabitable, officials said.

In the second mobile home fire at the park, some 17 hours later, a family of four was left homeless. The blaze, reported at 3:59 p.m., consumed the mobile home and sent up a column of smoke visible across Anchorage. Firefighters arrived minutes after the blaze was reported and brought the fire under control by 4:28 p.m., officials said. Fourteen units responded to the one-alarm blaze.

The two adults and two children who lived in the trailer are being assisted by the Red Cross, an Anchorage Fire Department dispatcher said.

No one was injured in either fire and both blazes are still under investigation, fire authorities said.

Devin Kelly and Tegan Hanlon contributed to this report.


By DEVIN KELLY
Anchorage Daily News