Fire Severely Damages Home In Bethel

Jan 18, 2020

The Bethel Fire Department responded to a house fire the night of Jan. 17.
Credit Ben Matheson / KYUK

A fire severely damaged a home on Kilbuck Street near the Faulkner Walsh buildings on the evening of Jan. 17. The next morning, Acting Fire Chief Daron Solesbee said that there were no injuries. 


Two fire engines and six water trucks arrived on the scene, along with an ambulance. Solesbee said that the fire began when a tenant was attempting to thaw a frozen p-trap in a bathroom. The tenant was able to get out quickly. 


The firefighters had to attack the fire from the exterior because the floor had burned through due to spray insulation. Solesbee called the fire a total loss, and said that the building will likely be demolished. 


Solesbee said that no further investigation is needed, but crews planned to check for any rekindling on Saturday, Jan. 18.