Nome Public Works garage catches fire

A structure fire at the Nome Public Works garage on March 11 brought a quick response from the Nome Volunteer Fire Department. No one was reported in the building at the time of the fire and no injuries occurred due to the blaze.

The fire department arrived on scene at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to NVFD Fire Chief James West, Jr.

“When we arrived on scene, we found that fire was located on the third floor of the building and we made entry to the building,” West said. “It was on the south side, which is their carpentry room and storage room area.”

The Public Works crew were able to move some of their equipment out of the way before firefighters began dousing the flames, according to West.

“At this time, we’re still looking into what caused the fire,” West said. “There were no injuries involved. The Nome Public Works crew were able to get their big rolling gear out of the building before we started pumping water into it, which is a good thing.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation and there is no estimate of damage currently.

Image at top: The Nome Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at the city’s Public Works garage on Saturday. Photo by Taylor Heckart (2023).