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Bethel House Fire Leaves Belongings Destroyed, But Residents Unharmed

Leland Rogers and Wyatt Rogers

On Sept. 23, a house fire in Bethel destroyed or damaged nearly everything inside of it. The five people who were in the house at the time of the fire escaped unharmed. 

The fire started in the back room of a home on Alex Hateley Drive on Sept. 23 around 4:30 p.m. Bethel Fire Chief Daron Solesbee said that five people were in the home at the time the fire started: an adult woman and four of her grandchildren. They were all able to escape without any injuries. 

Bethel firefighters were able to put out the fire when they arrived, but not before the heat and smoke from the flames had traveled throughout the house. Solesbee said that it appeared the fire caused structural damage to the home and destroyed nearly all of the homeowners’ belongings.

Solesbee said that the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, although the official cause has not yet been determined. 

The daughters of the homeowners have started a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help the family with clothes, food, and bills.


Greg Kim was a news reporter for KYUK from 2019-2022.