Ketchikan fire survivor says husband died trying to save everyone in the house

  • Source: KRBD-FM 103.5 Community Radio
  • Published: 01/13/2021 10:59 PM

The two people that perished last month in a Ketchikan house fire have been identified by the blaze’s lone survivor. A memorial service is planned for the two victims later this week. Jeanine Burbary credits her husband, Nick Burbary, with getting her out of the blaze alive. “I would like people to know that he saved my life. And he died trying to save my daughter’s life,” she said in an interview Wednesday. She said she woke to smoke alarms blaring on the morning of Dec. 30. She rushed upstairs to the kitchen to find her husband laying on the floor near the stove. Flames were rising from the glass cooktop. “He suffered from a seizure disorder. So I don’t know if maybe he had a seizure, and who knows how long he was laying there,” she told KRBD. She said she grabbed a fire extinguisher, but couldn’t pull the pin. She yelled at Nick, 41, to wake up, she said. “And he came to. And just so quick — the whole house just filled with black smoke. And he started yelling at me to get out, get out, get out,” she said.


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