Saturday, May 25, 2013
Rash of Arsons Plague Anchorage Trailer Parks
There have been four trailer fires in the past five weeks -two of which were in the same park- and fire officials are suspicious.
The Anchorage Fire Department is investigating four trailer fires that happened over the course of five weeks, and investigators believe were set intentionally.
Wednesday morning, Anchorage firefighters responded to a trailer home fire on the 4000 block of Debarr Road in east Anchorage.
“I heard an explosion, so I looked outside my window and I saw this big ball of flames and a glow,” said Bryan Bredthauer, a nearby neighbor.
The occupants of the trailer were able to wake everyone up in time to escape safely.
AFD investigators say another trailer fire occurred Aug. 20 on the 9000 block of Brayton Drive in south Anchorage. Just two weeks later, another fire engulfed a different trailer in the same neighborhood.
“As of right now, they're suspicious. I have no information linking them together—just over the course of five weeks just seems kind of odd,” said Brian Balega, an investigator for the Anchorage Fire Department.
The last fire happened on Sept. 15 at a trailer home on the 7000 block of Lake Otis Parkway.
No suspects have been charged. Fire officials say they need witnesses to come forward with more information to help with the investigation.