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Press release 

Fire starts at Totem Inn restaurant's kitchen late Saturday night

The cause of the fire remains under investigation according to fire officials


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The Totem Inn restaurant will remain closed in the coming days.

Valdez Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a structure fire at the Totem Inn late Saturday evening.

At approximately 11:48 p.m. Saturday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received multiple reports of a fire at the Totem Inn on Richardson Highway. One of the reports came from an off-duty volunteer firefighter who then began knocking on hotel doors to evacuate guests.

Within minutes, fire department engines arrived on scene and discovered an active fire in the kitchen of the Totem Inn's restaurant.

Photo courtesy City of Valdez

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze through the roof of the building.

One team of firefighters verified all hotel guests had been evacuated from the building, while others secured utilities and began work to extinguish the fire in the adjoining restaurant.

At approximately 12:37 a.m. Sunday, Fire Department personnel deemed the fire under control and began overhaul efforts.

The Totem Inn's restaurant was closed at the time of the incident.

No injuries have been reported. The owners of the hotel are coordinating housing for those displaced by the fire. American Red Cross personnel were also activated to provide assistance following the incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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