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Shed burns on upper mountain at Alyeska Resort; no injuries

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 17, 2016

No injuries were reported in a shed fire at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood on Thursday morning that delayed ski operations for hours.

In a statement on the blaze in the Glacier Bowl Express Barn at the base of Chair 6 on the resort's upper mountain, Alyeska officials said staff first noticed it at about 5 a.m.

"Girdwood firefighting crews arrived at the resort at 5:27 a.m. and worked with Alyeska Resort crews to get on scene via Snowcat," resort staff wrote. "Crews were able to activate the snowmaking system for a water source, which contained flames to the far corner of the barn, away from the Glacier Bowl Express chairlift."

Di Whitney, the resort's general manager, said in the statement that the fire was fully contained but its cause wasn't yet known.

A message left with Girdwood Fire Department staff several hours after the fire wasn't immediately answered Thursday morning.

A post on the resort's Facebook page shortly before 7:30 a.m. mentioned a delay in skiing hours for the day.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, mountain operations are tentatively scheduled to open at 1 p.m. today," resort staff wrote.

Alyeska staff encouraged skiers and snowboarders to visit the resort's status page or call its snow hotline at 907-754-7669 for updates on operations following the fire.

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