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Carelessly Tossed Butt Likely Cause of Dock Fire


July 23, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - At approximately 5 pm Thursday, a small fire broke out on the city dock in front of the Ketchikan Mining Company on Front Street. According to a Ketchikan City Police staff person, it appears the fire was likely caused by a lit cigarette that was dropped between the cracks setting the creosote coating applied to pilings on fire.

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Ketchikan firefighters at work extinguishing Thursday's dock fire.
Photo by Chris Wilhelm©2004


According to a staff person at the Ketchikan City Fire Department, 6 units responded to the fire call including the fireboat Harry Newell.

The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.




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