in three days kept not only the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department busy, but
required mutual aid from the island's three other departments.
and one home were burned in what may be the latest in a series of arson fires set in
the area this year.
early hours of Saturday, a two-alarm fire in a three-story A-frame home at 3669 Monashka Bay Road
burned it to the ground, according to Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes.
-- (Fire 1 15 sec "Yeah
it was fully engulfed ... Bayside there.")
which was unoccupied, was beyond reach of any fire hydrants, so water had to be
transferred to the scene from the station, more than a mile away.
-- (Fire 2 9 sec "We
had to run shuttles ... over 22,000 gallons of water.")
The loss is
estimated at 250-thousand dollars. Himes says the fire was so bad, it's
hampering the investigation into its cause:
-- (Fire 3 21 sec "We
were hoping to ... for it to start.")
two fires were definitely suspicious. One was an abandoned car across from Mill Bay
Gas-n-Go on Rezanof Drive East,
and the third was a car parked on Island
Lake Road, not far from the State Troopers office.
Himes says the vehicle was parked across the street from its owner's home, and
in the fire he lost his construction tools as well.
ago eight cars were torched in one night, and a month before there was a rash
of Dumpster fires. Himes says the Alaska State Troopers are investigating the
fires, and he hopes the perpetrators are caught before someone is hurt or
killed in the blazes.