Emmonak residents are still awaiting the arrival of needed replacement parts to fix a vacuum pump damaged by the fire. Mayor Wilbur Hootch has scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday night to approve the budget for needed repairs.
Alaska State Troopers were initially notified at 12:51 A.M. Sunday morning, October 30th, that a grocery store in Kobuk was engulfed in flames.
Troopers state the incident was started when a camp fire was left without being fully extinguished. Damages are estimated at $15,000.
After Disaster Declaration, Emmonak Seeks Aid to Rebuild Commercial Fishery and Public Safety Infrastructure
Beyond rebuilding five structures, the emergency funding would help Emmonak buy a new fire truck and construct a water line booster station.
Emmonak’s city manager has sent the disaster declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000.
The fire ruined structures owned by Kwik’Pak Fisheries and Yukon Marine Manufacturing. The damage is estimated at $3 million.
The school board discussed upgrades — from emergency lighting to payroll processing — at their work session last week.
Daily life in Alaska is predictably unpredictable, and this summer’s weather in Western Alaska was no exception.
Firefighters from St. Michael, Kaltag, and Chevak are among those offering support in the Lower 48.
The City of Nome demolished the previous building after a fire last month. Construction for the new warm up shack will be finished soon.