Fire damaged the Schlumberger Oilfield Services facility along the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski on Friday closing the highway for several hours, said James Baisden, Nikiski Fire Department chief.
After the fire department extinguished the fire at 9:21 p.m., much of the building had received significant fire and smoke damage.
No one was injured during the blaze.
The facility stores hazardous materials but they were not involved in the fire, Baisden said.
“There’s a degree of hazardous materials in any structure fire,” he said. “As far as industrial commercial fires go, I wouldn’t classify this as anything out of the ordinary.”
An oil waste heater in the maintenance bay at the back of the facility was likely the cause of the fire, he said.
“That’s the only thing they had that was operating in that area, and somehow something happened,” Baisden said. “To a point, it is somewhat undetermined, but the area of origin is consistent with where that piece of equipment was operating.”
The total damage costs have not yet been determined.
The fire department responded at about 7:50 p.m. with two engines, four tankers, one medic unit, one rescue unit and three support vehicles.
Central Emergency Services and the Kenai Fire Department arrived shortly after, both with one tanker and two personnel, said J.T. Harris, Nikiski Fire Department captain.
Additional support is common with large structure fires, Harris said.
In total, 25 firefighters and medical personal were on scene.