Fire destroyed a generator shed at a home on Kupreanof Saturday afternoon but did not spread to two nearby cabin buildings. The structure caught fire around one o’clock Saturday afternoon, sending black smoke into the sky with flames visible across the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. As locals and visitors enjoyed Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival and sunny weather, the blaze was reported to Petersburg emergency dispatchers by multiple callers. The fire was behind a home about halfway between the Kupreanof state dock and Sasby Island along the Kupreanof shoreline.
Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Dave Berg said volunteers responded from Petersburg using the harbor department security and firefighting boat. Berg says smoke had died down by the time the crew got to Kupreanof.
“One of the other residents of Kupreanof Dave Beebe had responded with a small pump that they were pumping water out of a nearby creek that was running right by the structure,” Berg explained. “And what we found burning was a small building, an outbuilding of the cabin itself used as a generator shed and a storage for wood, an open sided structure with a metal roof. Apparently one of the generators malfunctioned and certainly it’s subject to further investigation.”
That generator building was a total loss. Berg says the nearby cabins and the nearest windows suffered a little heat damage from the blaze. No injuries were reported.