July 17, 2009
According to information provided in a news release by Fire Chief Jim Hill, because of difficult access due to the stair-street location of the building, a 2nd alarm was requested by incident commanders calling for all Ketchikan Fire Department (KFD) personnel to respond. With the assistance of Ketchikan Police officers, KFD personnel were able to quickly access and extinguish the fire.
Chief Hill said a total of 7 fire apparatus and 17 KFD personnel responded to the scene. All personnel had cleared the scene by 8:46 PM.
Hill said damage to the 8-plex was limited to about $5,000 and there we no injuries reported. Improper disposal of smoking materials is believed to be the cause of the fire.
The three story 8-plex is owned by Tom Kroscavage of Ketchikan.
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