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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 11:26 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A fire destroyed a Fairbanks home Friday morning in the Gold Rush Estates mobile home park near the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Firefighters were called to 163 Bluebell Lane at 10:50 a.m. for a report of a singlewide mobile home with an add-on that had smoke coming out it, said Jim Styers, battalion chief with the University Fire Department.

It is believed the home’s only resident was not home at the time of the fire because neighbors said his vehicle was not there and because no one was found in a search of the trailer, Styers said.

Firefighters arrived to a mobile home with smoke coming out all four sides.

“The crew had some issues getting in due to excessive storage in the front arctic entry area,” he said. “That delay helped the fire spread more than we would have liked.”

Fire was coming out of two sides and the roof when crews were able to get in, and the trailer probably will be considered a total loss, he said.

The fire department still is investigating the cause of the fire, he said.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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