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AEL&P helped out at Fosbee fire scene

Posted: December 28, 2012 - 1:05am

The electrical fire at the Fosbee Apartments Wednesday night required the intervention of Alaska Electric Light and Power personnel to shut down a transformer leading to the site.

AEL&P sent out at least two crew for safety and probably an AEL&P duty engineer.

“They will typically be on site for that type of thing,” Ferreira said.

Wednesday’s fire marked the second in as many days at the apartment complex at 359-361 Distin Avenue, near the Governor’s mansion.

Alaska Electric Light and Power was not notified during Monday’s fire, said AEL&P spokesperson Debbie Ferreira.

However, on Wednesday night Juneau Electric notified AEL&P to cut power to the transformer that feeds electricity to the Fosbee Apartments. The outage lasted 15 minutes and affected two or three adjacent properties, she said.

Ferreira said AEL&P can not speak as to the safety of the wiring inside Fosbee.

Juneau Electric could not be reached in time for this article.

The Fosbee complex has 30 units within a 21,000 square foot multi-story structure on an 11,500 square foot parcel. The Fosbee building was built in 1933 and before the fire was appraised at $11.5 million.

Juneau’s Capital City Fire Department Marshal Daniel Jager has said the fires that happened Monday and Wednesday may be related.

“It is believed that the fire that occurred on Christmas Eve may have been caused by a power surge due to electrical problems in the building,” Jager said in a fire department incident report.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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