A woman escaped her home during a house fire Monday afternoon after firefighters say she smelled smoke.

Anchorage Fire Department firefighter Jared Stiglich said the woman was the only resident inside of the East 18th Avenue home at the time and she was able to get out safely.

"It seems like it started exterior on the deck," Stiglich said. "A neighbor called it in, just property damage at this point."

Stiglich said the woman who was home smelled smoke. He said it was lucky the fire happened in the middle of the day and she was able to get out of the house. Around 13 units responded and were able to put out the fire.

"This is a good reminder that working smoke detectors are vital, because the fire was pretty well-involved in the exterior of the structure before she was aware and the smoke coming in was getting into the attic before it even gotten into the house," Stiglich said. "So working smoke detectors are usually important if you are taking a mid-afternoon nap or if the fire was in the middle of the night."

AFD says the fire appears to be electrical in nature, but the cause is undetermined at this point. Enstar officials were also on scene looking around the property.

The fire appeared to destroy the back, second floor deck. Some firefighters were seen throwing insulation out of a second floor window, while others helped remove personal belongings from the home.

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