Firefighters battle blaze at home in Anchorage’s Bear Valley neighborhood

Bear Valley structure fire

Anchorage firefighters were called to a home in the Bear Valley neighborhood early Sunday and worked into the afternoon to control the blaze, a fire official said.

Crews were called to a large home on the 7900 block of Hazel Court at 7:10 a.m. and arrived about nine minutes later, Assistant Chief Alex Boyd said.

“Very early in the fire, they called it what we would consider a defensive fire, meaning the fire had escalated so much that they can’t get inside to knock it down,” he said.

There were people inside the home when the fire began, but they were able to get out safely and Boyd said no injuries were reported. The residents will likely be displaced but were able to find shelter without the help of the American Red Cross, he said.

In total, 17 units responded to the fire and Boyd said about three or four water tenders remained at the scene through most of the day, shuttling water to the area because there are no nearby hydrants.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, but Boyd said an investigator had been notified Sunday.

Bear Valley structure fire

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at