- Associated Press - Thursday, February 13, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage-area fire officials say a firefighter got medical attention and a family of four was driven from their home after fire crews battled a blaze in a three-story house in the Eagle River area.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/SOMALi) that Fire Department spokesman Al Tamagni says a 911 call Wednesday afternoon reported smoke and flames shooting from the home.

Capt. Steve Kostlin of Station 11 in Eagle River says firefighters fought the blaze from inside at first but the structure’s instability sent them back outside. He says a firefighter fell from the first floor into the basement but was able to crawl out of a window. Kostlin says the man didn’t appear to be injured but was taken to a medical facility to be checked out.

Residents were not home when the fire started. It was under control by Wednesday evening.

The cause was under investigation.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com