Fire and ambulance crews responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon between Salmonberry Street and Alex Haley in Blueberry Subdivision, near the highway. No one was home at the time of the fire.
The blaze began in the early afternoon, evidently starting outside the home on a water or sewer tank. The investigation is still on going, but investigators say it could have started from a heater that was thawing the tank.
Bill Howell is the Fire Captain for the Bethel Fire Department.
“There had been a heater put in place, it had been monitored very frequently, but it just had the perfect combination of combustibles and time to ignite, unbeknownst to the person monitoring it,” said Howell.
When crews arrived, the fire had moved inside and also burned much of the siding on a corner of the house.
Firefighters were able to save the home and possessions inside, but crews had to remove large amounts of the floor to reach the fire.
On Monday afternoon, crews on responded to a vehicle fire at the post office. A minivan had experienced an electrical fire. Bethel Police were able to put out the fire with an extinguisher before a fire engine made it to the scene. Fire crews then deployed a hose and soaked the car to make sure the fire was completely out.