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Fire at Akiuk Memorial School in Kasigluk destroys principal’s residence, damages teachers’ quarters, gym

A fire damaged multiple buildings at Akiuk Memorial School in Kasigluk on Thursday, according to Kasigluk Traditional Elders Council President Natalia Brink.
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 4:59 PM AKDT|Updated: May. 27, 2022 at 9:05 AM AKDT
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KASIGLUK, Alaska (KTUU) - A fire damaged multiple buildings at Akiuk Memorial School in Kasigluk on Thursday, according to Kasigluk Traditional Elders Council President Natalia Brink.

While the cause of the fire is not yet known, Brink said it is believed to have started in the “old generator building.” The Alaska Division of Forestry said in an online post that air tankers responded to the fire and dropped flame retardant via plane.

The principal’s residence was destroyed and the teachers’ quarters were heavily damaged.

The school’s gym also caught on fire but “it was controlled,” Brink said. The school’s classrooms were not damaged. Alaska State Troopers told the Division of Forestry that there were no known injuries or fatalities from the fire.

Brink said Kasigluk firefighters and community members, as well as people from neighboring Nunapitchuk, worked to put out the fire.

The fire was out as of Thursday afternoon after spreading to nearby tundra vegetation that swallowed up around five acres of land, according to the Division of Forestry.

The post said the community of Kasigluk, a town of about 590 people on the banks of the Johnson River, does not have an established fire department.

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