Thursday Fire in Ketchikan - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Thursday Fire in Ketchikan

An editor's note: the last time I posted an article on a fire that happened in Ketchikan both, your 'umblest editor and the Ketchikan Fire Department, received nasty grams bitching about public postings of their fire....mishap. [The post in question.]

1. We are blessed to live in a society with a fire department that has quick response. 

2. We are blessed to have news that posts about these so that we can learn a lesson or two from others mistakes. 

3. Fires are unfortunate and living where we do, with wood stoves and dry summers, fires are unfortunate. God bless our fire departments and our local police because they do the thankless job of...actually doing their job...And for that we thank them! 

4. Pro Tip: Don't bitch to news editors, unless you want it to be public. The amount of hate mail we receive is incredible and we keep it secret. I'm just pissed because our blessed fire departments and police officers get hate mail all the time and have to keep it private. If I received the amount of crap that they did, we would have a weekly segment that people would PAY to read every week! 

The Ketchikan Fire Department along with South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a building fire at approximately 2:40 PM Thursday at the 100 block of Thomas Street. The occupant’s quick action in using a dry chemical extinguisher resulted in the electrical fire being extinguished prior to the fire department’s arrival. The fire departments ensured the fire was fully extinguished and ventilated the building to clear the smoke.

Fires destroy property, cause injuries, and take lives. One of the key strategies to maintaining a safe workplace and preventing fires is fire safety training, which can teach workers how to recognize fire hazards, conduct a fire safety risk assessment, prevent a workplace fire, and respond if a fire occurs. 
Keep work spaces free of waste paper and other combustibles, have damaged electrical cords replaced and do not over load circuits.

Prepare for emergencies and make sure you know who to call in an emergency.
Evacuate safely; leave the area quickly in an emergency and assist your coworkers.
Remember in an emergency seconds count. A.C.T. accordingly.


Photos courtesy of the KFD

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