Gulkana Street Fire


Valdez Fire and Police Departments responded to a structure fire on Gulkana Street early afternoon on Thursday, January 19th, 2017. At approximately 2:49 p.m. Thursday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received a report of a fire in a residence on the corner of Gulkana Street and Meals Avenue. Emergency responders arrived on scene at approximately 2:52 p.m. and discovered an active fire in a trailer home at 100 Gulkana. Firefighters verified residents in the involved and neighboring homes were evacuated and began work to extinguish the fire.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Valdez Fire and Police Departments responded to a structure fire on Gulkana Street early Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 2:49 p.m. Thursday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received a report of a fire in a residence on the corner of Gulkana Street and Meals Avenue.

Emergency responders arrived on scene at approximately 2:52 p.m. and discovered an active fire in a trailer home at 100 Gulkana. Firefighters verified residents in the involved and neighboring homes were evacuated and began work to extinguish the fire.

One adult male reported being present in the involved home when the fire began. He and a large black dog escaped without injuries. Two additional small dogs present in the trailer remain unaccounted for and are presumed deceased.

At approximately 5:12 p.m., Fire Department personnel deemed the fire under control and began overhaul efforts. The trailer involved in the incident was determined to be uninhabitable and its residents indicated they would stay with family for the evening.

Minor damage occurred to the neighboring trailer home.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

City officials contacted the American Red Cross and a local ARC representative coordinated assistance for the couple displaced by the incident. Additionally, several local businesses offered the couple assistance with shelter, clothing, and supplies. The Valdez Chapter of Alaska State Firefighters Association also provides monetary assistance to individuals whose homes are lost during a fire.

Due to cold temperatures during the response, heavy ice now covers the intersection of Meals Ave and Gulkana Street. Once Fire Department overhaul efforts are complete, City Streets crews will place sand at the intersection. Those driving in the area are urged to transit slowly and with extreme caution.