No injuries were reported after a fire at a seafood processing facility in downtown Kodiak on Saturday evening.
According to Kodiak Fire Department Chief James Mullican, the initial call came in at 9:37 p.m. and the first fire crew arrived at the scene on East Marine Way at 9:42 p.m.
Upon assessment of the blaze, all city firefighters were called in, along with additional crews from the Bayside Fire Department and the Coast Guard Base Kodiak Fire Department.
A light was on in an upstairs apartment, so firefighters used an aerial ladder to enter the building from the third floor and search for people inside. Battling through blinding smoke, firefighters made a sweep of the second and third floors and found no one inside, Mullican said.
It was later confirmed that no one was living in the apartment.
Mullican said crews contained the fire to one room, but there was smoke and heat damage throughout the building.
Building owner Mark Majdic was out of town Saturday, but flew back to Kodiak after he was contacted about the fire.
He is glad there were no injuries, but is concerned for three seafood processing businesses that operate from the space and for the fishermen who bring their catch to the facility.
While the full extent of the damage has not yet been assessed, Majdic expects the building will be out of commission for at least six months.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Mullican said early calls to 911 are essential to limit the damage caused by structural fires, and urged residents and businesses to check smoke detectors.