The fire ruined structures owned by Kwik’Pak Fisheries and Yukon Marine Manufacturing. The damage is estimated at $3 million.
A fire in the village of Emmonak destroyed five commercial buildings and caused an estimated $3 million in damages over the weekend.
The burglaries began with a break-in at the gas station. All of the incidents are probably connected to three or four individuals, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Alaska State Troopers were notified of the break-in on Sunday afternoon. As of Tuesday, Trooper Mark Granda said they have no solid leads or suspects.
A recent water shortage in Unalakleet put a strain on some businesses including Norton Sound Seafood Products, but ultimately it was a surge of cohos that forced the processing plant to send more than $100,000 of fish down to Emmonak.
A large mid-August pulse of fall chum and coho salmon is keeping commercial fishermen busy in the lower river, but those upriver say they have yet to meet their subsistence needs.
After a break between the summer chum and the fall chum runs, “fish camps are coming to life again” along the Yukon River, fishermen say.
As Chinook salmon make it to spawning grounds in Canada, subsistence fishing along the Yukon ebbs as fishermen await fall chums.
Firefighters responded to the blaze around 10:45 Tuesday morning. It was not extinguished until shortly before 1 p.m., and as of Tuesday power remains off throughout Emmonak.
The Kwik’Pak Fisheries plant in Emmonak lost 75,000 pounds of fish at the height of this year’s commercial salmon season because of a lack of water.