Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Machine shop fire contained quickly, damage limited


November 2, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The damage to Freeman & Sons Machine and Fabrication done by a fire Saturday night was still apparent Monday morning, with repair work to continue through the week. Damage had fortunately been contained to an upper, disused office area, and was put out quickly by fire fighters.

While costumed revelers celebrated Halloween Saturday night, fire fighters suited up and responded to a call on Case Avenue near the boatyard.

A pedestrian passing by Freeman & Sons Machine and Fabrication just before 11 p.m. noticed smoke coming from an upstairs office. They reported it to the bartender on duty across the street at Rayme's Bar, and the Volunteer Fire Department was called.

"They were here before I was," commented Randy Freeman, co-owner and manager of the machine shop. "They were right on it."

Chief Tim Buness of WVFD said fire fighters arrived soon after the call, gai...

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