Fire damages Cordova fish processing plant

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2001

CORDOVA (AP) -- Fire damaged a major fish processing plant in Cordova on Tuesday morning.

The fire at the North Pacific Processing was called in at 6 a.m. and declared under control by the Cordova Fire Department at 10:30 a.m.

The plant is one of the largest fish processing plants in Prince William Sound and a major employer in the area.

Cordova Mayor Margy Johnson said fillet machines and the fish processing machine on the harbor side of the plant were a total loss. The fire also destroyed the plant's roof.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause has not been determined.

During the peak fishing season the plant employs about 350 people. North Pacific Processors area manager John Severe said the plant employs about 50 this time of year.

Severe said it's too early to tell how much the fire will affect next year's operations.

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