The Anchorage Fire Department said there were no injuries as a result of a fire that decimated a trailer in Midtown Friday morning.

A text message alert sent at 8:43 a.m. Friday stated AFD was responding to the blaze at 3007 Arctic Boulevard, advising people to be aware of first responders in the area.

AFD Capt. McDonald said the residents of the trailer were trying to thaw frozen pipes on the outside of the home with a commercial heater. The three adults escaped unharmed, McDonald said, and tried to extinguish the fire themselves.

On Martin Luther King Day, the American Red Cross of Alaska and other organizations went door to door in the neighborhood to test and install free smoke detectors. The captain said by the time AFD arrived, the fire was so advanced that any smoke detectors in the home would have been melted.

“The trailer is totaled,” he said. “The fire was intense inside and I’m afraid it’s — all but one room of possessions is pretty much destroyed.”

The people are being sheltered by the Red Cross, McDonald said.

McDonald advised people who may have frozen pipes to contact trained professionals rather than trying fix the problem on their own.

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