4 residents escape fire at Eagle River home

All four residents of an Eagle River home that suffered severe damage in a fire early Thursday were able to safely escape, according to Anchorage Fire Department officials.

Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann said dispatchers received a report of the fire, at a two-story residence on the 1600 block of Copper Mountain Circle, just before 1:15 a.m.

"It looks like the occupants had called — they woke up to the smoke detector chirping away and the roof was on fire," Scheunemann said.

Fourteen AFD units were sent to the scene. Crews initially battled the blaze from outside the home, then entered to attack it from within.

"First arriving units found active fire to the ground floor entryway extending up to the second floor to the eaves and the roof," firefighters wrote in a statement.

Scheunemann said the fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes, with no injuries to residents or firefighters reported.

No dollar estimate was initially available for damage to the home, but firefighters reported heavy damage to the second floor, including the roof and overhead areas.

"With the damage to the second floor and roof it's not going to be habitable until some remediation is completed," Scheunemann said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Scheunemann. The Red Cross of Alaska was called to assist the four adults displaced by the blaze.

Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.