Successfully Contained to Fire Building
A MAJOR FIRE IN A 4-STORY DOWNTOWN apartment/commercial building burned for nine hours in Juneau, Alaska. The fire broke out around 5 pm Monday in a 4th-floor apartment and was extinguished at 2 am Tuesday.
The fire burned out the fourth floor of the 30-unit building, but the Juneau Fire Department was able to contain the fire to the 4th-floor where it started and spread to the roof which eventually collapsed. However, the 2-½ million gallons of water that eventually ended up in the basement aided in causing the effective destruction of the building.
The Juneau fire chief reported that every city firefighter was called back (33 career and 65 volunteers) and all pieces of apparatus including reserve trucks were utilized. Additional assistance was provided by six Sitka firefighters who flew in to Juneau on a Coast Guard helicopter. Retired firefighters in Juneau also helped, as well as an Anchorage firefighter who happened to be in town.
The building which was built in 1917 and worth approx. $800,000 (not including land) has been declared a total loss and will have to be demolished. The fire investigator quickly narrowed the point of origin down to a specific apartment on the top floor, but he says he has several inteviews to conduct yet before he can determine the cause. Arson is not suspected, but hasn't been ruled out either.
The Juneau Empire filed this video report from the fireground:
One firefighter suffered a mild concussion after being struck by a hose stream and three civilians receive treatment for smoke inhalation.
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