Nobody hurt as home burns in South Anchorage

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Aug. 11—House fire

A South Anchorage home caught fire Wednesday morning, sending a plume of smoke into the sky.

Firefighters were called to Avion Street on the lower Hillside around 11 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Alex Boyd. There was no indication that anyone was inside the single-family home when it caught fire and no injuries had been reported, he said.

Eighteen units from the Anchorage Fire Department were at the scene before noon, including water tankers. There are no fire hydrants in the area, so tankers were hauling water to the scene, Boyd said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

Anchorage police said around noon that Huffman Road would be closed in both directions for at least an hour. Boyd asked the public to avoid Avion Street so crews can easily access the area. Firefighters will likely remain on scene "for quite awhile," Boyd said.

There was no concern for the fire spreading, he said.

"We're pretty happy with the amount of rain we've got, so we're not worried about wildland in the area," he said. "We're in good shape there. There's no adjacent structures."