No one was harmed in a structure fire that destroyed a dry cabin Tuesday off Eagleaerie Avenue outside of Homer.
The cabin, owned by Pete Petrosius, caught fire around 10 a.m. Tuesday, Petrosius said. His wife was at home and saw the fire from their property, he said. She called first responders and then called her husband.
Kachemak Emergency Services, with mutual aid from Homer Volunteer Fire Department, kept the blaze from spreading into the nearby trees in the heavily wooded area. The Alaska Division of Forestry helped as well. They are called whenever a fire has the potential to spread or become a wildland fire.
“It actually did get into the trees a little bit,” KESA Chief Bob Cicciarella said of the fire. “That’s natural this time of year, to get (Division of Forestry) here.”
Petrosius’s renter, Alonzo Lange, had not been staying at the cabin recently, though he had dropped by earlier Tuesday morning to feed his two pigs. The animals made it out of the fire.
Lange and Petrosius said they aren’t sure what could have caused the fire, considering that the cabin had no power or fireplace. The cabin did have a propane heater. Cicciarella said his department isn’t sure yet what caused the blaze to start, either.
“Right now, I have no idea what caused it,” he said.
Cicciarella, along with another investigator, will be conducting the investigation into the fire. He said he’ll look for the point or origin, where the most char is, as well as the burn patterns.
“Sometimes it’s really hard to tell,” he said. “And we don’t have a lab in the state anymore for doing fire investigations, so that’s kind of hard. You can only take it so far.”
The cabin was declared a total loss. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to help Lange get back on his feet.