Fairbanks fire marshal halts work on new ice sculpture site

Associated PressDecember 22, 2011 

FAIRBANKS -- Ice Alaska has hit a snag toward hosting the World Ice Art Championships in February.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the state fire marshal issued a stop work order for all construction at the George Horner Ice Park.

Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Grooms says the order followed a walk-through inspection and comes because the organization failed to clear its safety plan with the fire marshal. He says safety plans make clear certain things such as the distances between any point and a fire exit.

Ice Alaska board chairman Dick Brickley says there was confusion about the process and he recently turned in the safety plan.

The state fire marshal's office will have sign off on the plan before work can resume. That could take two weeks or more.

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