The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods went up in flames Saturday night, requiring a response from three separate fire departments.
Anchor Point Emergency Services was called to the blaze at 11:42 p.m. Saturday along with Alaska State Troopers, according to a press release from the fire and EMS department. The building on North Fork Road was “fully engulfed” by the time the got there, according to the release.
Firefighters quickly realized more help would be needed, and called for mutual aid from Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Ninilchik Emergency Services. It took a total of 17 firefighters from the three agencies, three tankers, a fire engine and multiple utility vehicles to stifle the blaze.
“Although the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, complete suppression efforts were delayed by nearly two hours until crews from HEA arrived to shut down the power to the structure in order to ensure the safety of firefighters working on scene,” wrote Anchor Point Emergency Services Deputy Chief Jon Marsh in the release. “Crews remained on scene until shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday in order to fully extinguish and overhaul the fire.”
The fire was reported by neighbors, who also told firefighters the building was abandoned. No one was injured in the fire, Marsh said Tuesday.
Firefighters declared the building a total loss. Records from the Kenai Peninsula Borough show the property was assessed at $199,600 in 2018, according to the press release.
A license search for Anchor Point Seafoods on the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing shows that the most recent business under that name had a license in 2010 that expired in December of that year.
The cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined yet. Marsh said on Tuesday that, due to the severity of damage to the building, the department likely won’t be able to determine that cause. Neither Anchor Point Emergency Services, nor the troopers, found anything suspicious at the site, he said.