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Fire damages home in Kenai

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A fire damaged a single-family home in Kenai Friday afternoon.

None of the residents were home at the time of the fire.

The Kenai Fire Department responded to an 11:32 a.m. 911 call reporting smoke rising from the roof of the residence. By the time emergency personnel arrived four minutes later, flames were protruding from the back end of the house as smoke continued to pour from the eaves.

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Crews completed the initial attack within 45 minutes and left the scene around 3:15 p.m.

"We believe it originated in the area of the laundry facilities," said Captain James Dye.

He estimated that 20 to 30 percent of the house suffered smoke damage, but that the home was by no means a total loss.

No one was injured, but two pet cats died as a result of smoke inhalation.

In addition to the Kenai Fire Department, Central Emergency Services and the Nikiski Fire Department also responded. 

The investigation as to the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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