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Fire damages LAB hangar wall

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

A fire Tuesday night at a LAB Flying Services hangar won't affect operations, a company co-owner said Wednesday.

Lynn Bennett, director of operations for the Southeast Alaska flight service, said no equipment was damaged, and a mechanic working in the hangar at the time couldn't even tell there was a fire from the inside. No one was hurt.

"The fire department really did a good job," Bennett said.

Capital City Fire & Rescue received a report at 6:50 p.m. of smoke and flames coming from the hangar at Juneau International Airport. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke and flames on the outside of the building.

Capt. Ed Quinto said the fire was under control in 10 minutes and cleanup was completed within an hour. The cause was electrical, the department said.

Although the initial fire department report estimated damage at $25,000, Bennett said he doubts that repairs will cost that much. The fire seems to have been caused by a problem with a ballast light fixture. Repairs will include replacement of all the light fixtures, he said.

Fire damage was limited to a 20-foot section inside the wall, Bennett said.

"It's not even visible from the inside," he said.

There was no water damage from firefighters dousing the blaze, he said.

LAB Flying Service has two hangars in Juneau and another in Haines, Bennett said. It flies twin-engine wheeled planes to Southeast Alaska airports with the exception of Sitka and Wrangell, and is equipped with Capstone navigation equipment, he said.



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