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KFD Responds To Water Street Fire

January 28, 2004
Wednesday - 12:50 am


The Ketchikan Fire Department received a report of a fire at a home located at 1028 Water Street around 2 pm Monday afternoon. Within approximately a half hour the fire had been extinguished.

A portable heater placed outside the brown-shingled residence to thaw frozen water pipes was thought to be the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

KFD firefighter respond to a fire call at the brown-shingled home on Water Street...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm


Ketchikan's temperatures on Monday ranged from a low of 10º to a high of 18º according to Flight Service Station staff. Water running under the fire trucks quickly froze to the street.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hill noted, "With all the frozen pipes we're getting, people are using all available means to keep the water flowing. They need to be very careful and always make sure heat and electrical sources are used safely. Heat tapes are also a frequent cause of fires during the winter months. They need to be installed properly and maintained regularly to make sure they don't contribute to or cause a fire."

Located next to the Senior Center, this residence at one time housed the Rainbird Flowers' shop and later a real estate company.


KFD firefighters and the Fire Chief Rich Leipfert...
A portable heater placed outside the brown-shingled residence to thaw frozen water pipes was thought to be the cause of the fire...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm

 

 

 

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