Fire destroys K&K Recycling warehouse

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Friday, December 17, 2010:

A Friday morning fire at K&K Recycling destroyed a warehouse after cardboard bales inside the building ignited.

The fire at the 50-by-100 foot temporary steel building was discovered by employees arriving at work about 7:15 a.m. The blaze had fully engulfed the building by the time firefighters arrived soon afterward.

North Star Chief Jeff Tucker said firefighters remained on hand throughout the day to keep the blaze from spreading outside the warehouse, but firefighters and K&K officials decided not to make an active effort to hose it down in frigid conditions.

“We could put it out, but you’d have one giant frozen mess,” Tucker said. “The decision was made just to let it burn down.”

Tucker said it’s unlikely the origin of the fire will be determined because of extensive damage to the building. He said the blaze isn’t considered suspicious.