Quick work saves Fairbanks warehouse

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Firefighters from six departments responded Friday to a warehouse blaze, and confined most of the damage to a single wall.

Smoke was coming out of both ends of the old OK Lumber warehouse, a 36,000-square-foot structure owned by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, when firefighters arrived.

''As soon as I saw smoke coming out both ends of the building I called everyone in,'' said Edie Curry, assistant fire chief and fire marshal for the Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department. ''This is too big of a building. If I've got smoke coming out of both ends, then I've got some fire in there.''

Firefighters were able to extinguish most of the flames shortly after entering the building. Most of the burning occurred along a single wall.

The warehouse was filled with stored items from various university departments.

It wasn't immediately clear what started the blaze.

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