Crews with Central Emergency Services were called to a reported structure fire early this morning, at the Pour House restaurant located on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kobuk Street in Soldotna. CES Safety Officer, Brad Nelson….
Nelson: “Right around 1:25 in the morning, a taxi cab driver noticed smoke coming from the Pour House and called 911. Dispatched CES units who responded and arrived on scene within 3-minutes and did see smoke coming from the eves of the restaurant, crews made entry, found a fire in the back of the restaurant in the store room area, and were able to extinguish it pretty quick using water and firefighting foam. The damage was contained to the store room; it did get into some of the kitchen, and into the dining room. There is smoke damage throughout the entire restaurant though. We’re estimating the damage is going to be right around $25,000. Luckily, nobody was at work at the time, the restaurant was closed, so there are no injuries in the fire.”
Nelson said that the origin of the fire is known to be the storage room; however, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Pour House owner, Molly Poland, announced that she was woken up this morning by an alarm company with the news that the Pour House had caught fire. By the time the Fire Department had arrived most of the damage had already been done. The Pour House is officially closed.
Poland wanted to thank all who worked for her, as well as the customers that believed in her dream. Poland, who also owns Hooligans Lodge, said that she’s not one to let this get her down, though she said ‘it is a huge disappointment to see all our hard work vanish in minutes,’ but she’s mostly sad for all of her employees who now need jobs.
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