Fire destroys laundry at Chena Hot Springs resort

Posted: Friday, April 07, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An early-morning blaze destroyed the laundry facilities at Chena Hot Springs Resort Wednesday, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage.

No one was hurt in the fire and damage was limited to the one building, which held the resort's guest and commercial laundry. The state fire marshal's office said the building was a total loss.

Resort workers used a bulldozer to pile snow against an adjacent building, cover some nearby propane tanks, and surround a power pole after the blaze was discovered about 5:30 a.m., possibly preventing any further spread of the blaze The resort is outside any fire protection district, so no fire engines were dispatched.

Resort owner Bernie Karl said newer buildings at the resort were equipped with sprinklers, and he planned to add sprinkler systems to the rest of the complex.

Deputy fire marshal Walter Winston said a cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

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