by Todd Walker
Channel 2 News Reporter
11:54 AM EDT, October 26, 2011
A major fire destroyed a building set to become the village of Point Lay’s new power plant, early Wednesday morning.
Acting Fire Chief Anthony Neokok says the blaze broke out at the two-story building sometime between midnight and 1:00 a.m. The entire fire department in the small village responded, but the fire was too intense to bring under control, according to Neokok.
As of 7:30 Wednesday morning, a second crew was on scene monitoring hot spots in the still smoldering building. Officials with the North Slope Borough say high winds had crews concerned the fire would spread to surrounding buildings, but crews were able to keep it contained.
Wednesday’s fire was not the first time the 40-year-old building had ignited, lately. Neokok says a fire started by renovation crews cutting metal was able to be contained.
“This is going to be a big loss,” Neokok said. “They did a lot of renovation like gutting out the walls and restructuring the inside of the building.”
Crews don’t yet know what caused the fire, but say it started on the second floor.
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