Tag Archives: Kodiak Fire Department

Chimney Fire Causes Brief Safeway Closure

Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak Safeway store was closed for several hours Sunday due to a fire in the bakery. Store Manager Mike Murray said in a post to Friends of Kodiak that the fire was limited to the smoke stack of one of the store’s two baking ovens.
The Kodiak Fire Department responded and evacuated the store while police kept cars away. Murray said closing the store at the time was the right thing to do for everyone’s safety.
He said the firefighters inspected the kitchen from the oven to the roof and found no damage outside the smokestack.
Murray said the store was back to normal by early evening.

Tsunami Siren Was False Alarm

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Kodiak residents had a bit of a scare today when the tsunami alert sirens were accidentally sounded throughout the community. While folks are used to hearing the sirens on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. during the weekly test, today’s came just after noon – on a Thursday.
The National Tsunami Warning Center didn’t have any alerts posted on its website, and the Kodiak Police Department quickly notified KMXT public radio that the siren was a false alarm.
Kodiak Fire Chief Rome Kamai said the accidental trigger of the siren came when the fire department was conducting a routine test of its firefighter recall system.     Continue reading

Unidentified Person Falls 30 Feet Near Cliffside Drive

Jay Barrett/KMXT
At 11:30 Wednesday night, Kodiak Fire Department specialists were called in to help Bayside with the rescue of a severely injured person who fell from a 30-foot cliff on Cliffside Drive.
In an announcement Thursday morning from KFD Chief Rome Kamai, the name, age or gender of the victim was not revealed, but it did say the person was transported to Providence Hospital for treatment. No other details were available.

Odor of Boiler Backfire Greets KHS Students

Jay Barrett/KMXT
When Kodiak High School students arrived at school this (Wednesday) morning, they were welcomed by the acrid smell of soot. According to an announcement by the school district central office, a boiler backfired before classes and the smell was picked up by the building’s air handlers and piped throughout the building.
Maintenance personnel replaced the air filters and tried to ventilate the building as best they could before student showed up, though the smell lingered.
Tests done by the maintenance department to measure the carbon monoxide levels in the school showed they were within safe levels, and was backed up with an additional test conducted by the Kodiak Fire Department.
Classes are being held, and school officials posted that they are following all possible safety procedures.

Cause of Friday Fishmeal Fire Still Unknown

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Just before 1 p.m. on Friday a fire broke out at the Kodiak Fishmeal Company down on Gibson Cove Road. Fire Chief Rome Kamai said the fire was in one of the hoppers at the plant. A hopper is a piece of equipment used in the processing of fishmeal.
“And when I got on scene I met with the RP and he advised me that he did have an active fire in one of his hopper units that was beyond their control and that they needed our assistance in extinguishing the fire. And so when my fire engine arrived we were able to stretch hose lines to the back corner of the building on the ocean side and commence extinguishment of the fire.”
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Cause Unknown in Fishmeal Hopper Fire

Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Just before 1 p.m. today a fire broke out at the Kodiak Fishmeal Company down on Gibson Cove Road. Fire Chief Rome Kamai said the fire was in one of the hoppers at the plant. A hopper is a piece of equipment used in the processing of fishmeal.
“We were able to stretch hose lines to the back corner of the building on the ocean side and commence extinguishment of the fire,” Kamai said.

Bayside Firefighters were on stand by and Coast Guard fire personnel assisted in extiguishing the fire, which Kamai said took about 20 minutes. He said no injuries were reported and the cause and extent of damages are currently under investigation.
No one from Kodiak Fishmeal Company could be reached for comment.