Fires damage van, contents

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to fires in a shipping container behind the Super Bear Supermarket in the Mendenhall Center on Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the fire department.

One engine and one ambulance responded at 10:36 p.m. Monday. Firefighters found the contents of a 40-foot container on fire. Firefighters again responded at 7:17 a.m. Tuesday after the fire restarted.

No one was hurt in either blaze. The owner of the container was not present when firefighters arrived.

Capt. Dave Boddy said when firefighters arrived Monday night the sides of the container were glowing red with heat and flames were venting from the back doors, which were open.

They doused the contents, which included 500-pound bundles of cardboard and plastic milk crates to be sent for recycling, Boddy said. Once the fire was out, a tow-truck company was called to remove the smoldering contents so firefighters could prevent further flareups, he said. Boddy said the cardboard bundles were packed so tightly it was difficult to put out all of the embers, leading to the second fire.

Boddy said the container was destroyed but there was no structural damage to the building. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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