Volunteers keep St. Michael fire from store

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2003

NOME (AP) Community volunteers in St. Michael helped keep a weekend fire from reaching the community's Taciq Native Store next door.

Village Public Safety Officer Teresa Kobuk said the fire started around 11 p.m. Sunday in an abandoned building known as the ''Straight Arrow.'' The building had been slated for renovation.

Volunteers pulled merchandise from the store and hosed down the side nearest the burning building. St. Michael residents with help from neighbors in Stebbins were able to douse the fire by about 4 a.m. Monday, with no damage to the store.

There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

In December, a major fire destroyed St. Michael's post office and the Alaska Commercial Co. store, burning everything from food to Christmas presents.

St. Michael is a community of about 400 on the east coast of St. Michael Island in Norton Sound. It lies 125 miles southeast of Nome.

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