Alaska News

Friday, December 2, 2022

State Fire Marshal Warns of Dangers Posed by Heating Sources

As temperatures continue to drop across the state, many Alaskans are firing up their stoves, space heaters and heat lamps. Whether in the house, a barn, shed, or chicken coop, these heating sources have the potential to cause a fire. The Department of Public Safety and the Division of Fire and Life Safety would like to remind residents there are things they can do to help prevent fires. Remember to keep flammable materials such as, blankets, Christmas trees, firewood, flammable liquids, straw, hay, and feed away from heat sources. “The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to encourage Alaskans to take steps to lower the risk of fire at their home and other buildings on their property during the winter season. Make sure to check that all electrical equipment is free from damage and properly used,” said Acting State Fire Marshal Lloyd Nakano.
Alaska Native News

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Follow Up: State investigation into Stebbins store fire begins

VIDEO: The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is investigating a fire that set Stebbins’ only store and fuel source ablaze. The state hopes to find out what started the fire that reduced the grocery store to piles of ashes and charred metal, and also contribute to ongoing local efforts to stabilize the situation. The fire started at approximately 5 a.m. in the small, rural community that around 600 Alaskans call home. Several volunteer and state organizations responded to the situation. Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Public Information Officer Jeremy Zidek commends Stebbins residents for their fortitude and adaptability when faced with potential crisis. “People in rural communities are just more resilient by nature. They have to be to live in that environment, and so they’re very resourceful,” Zidek said.
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