Weather Hampers Fire Marshall Response into Fatal Kodiak Lodge Fire

Responders assess a fire at the Park's Cannery near Uyak Bay on Kodiak Island, Alaska, June 2, 2016. The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist with rescue efforts. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Fire burns the bunkhouse at the Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures lodge in Uyak Bay on Kodiak Island, Alaska, June 2, 2016. One person died in the blaze and three were injured. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

There is still no official word from authorities as to the identities of the victims of the fire yesterday morning at a remote Kodiak Island lodge that claimed one life and injured three. The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. at the Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures lodge in Uyak Bay, about 60 miles southwest of Kodiak City.

Alaska State Troopers were unable to fly to the lodge Thursday because of poor visibility, and instead traveled via the Wildlife Trooper vessel Cama’i along with an investigator from the State Fire Marshall’s Office.

As a result of their delay, the cause of the fire is also unknown, but judging from photos from the U.S. Coast Guard, taken from a mid-morning overflight, it appears the lodge’s bunkhouse was consumed. According to the company’s website, it held four bedrooms and a kitchen.

The Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures lodge in Uyak Bay is in the former Parks Cannery, which closed in 1983.

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