Thursday, January 19, 2017

17 January 1956 - Juneau Cold Storage Fire

On January 17, 1956, CGC STORIS led the waterborne firefighting efforts when the Juneau Cold Storage facility caught fire. A major business serving the Southeastern Alaska fishing industry, the conflagration threatened several neighboring businesses including the Alaska Steamship Line dock and hangars of Alaska Coastal Airlines. The navigation crew of STORIS gently eased her bow against the shoreline and held her there as the deck crew directed streams of water across the adjacent street in an effort to suppress the fire and keep the flames from spreading to other buildings.

Photos 6, 18, 25 and 38 in the USCGC STORIS Album on USCG Base Kodiak's Facebook page have additional photos of the efforts, including the after effects on STORIS' paintwork from getting so close to the scorching flames. The photos were taken by EM2 Al Cottle and were shared with Base Kodiak by his widow, Luanne Heiner Cottle.

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