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The ‘Local’ Look Back…

The ‘Local’ Look Back…

By Morgan Smith
Staff Writer

As we head into fall and the cool weather that follows, this article is an important reminder to be careful with your heating systems. Stay safe and warm. I found this article in The Local News created by Four Valleys Community School, June 1991, Volume 11, Number 6, written by Fin Hernandez.

Fire In Girdwood
An alert neighbor contacted the Girdwood Volunteer Fire Department at 6:14 am on Friday, May 24th. Fire Chief Judy Culetta responded immediately along with 12 volunteers, to the corner of Cortina Road and Alpine Avenue.

On arrival the fire was totally involved and the Fire Department was able to prevent the second dwelling from burning down. Chief Culetta said, “We had the fire in control very quickly”. Estimated damages are at about $75,000. Culetta suggests, “Turn off those under the floor heaters, and heat tapes that were in use during the winter”. This is the first fire in a year, she states, and hope it’s our last. Thanks to all the volunteers for the fast response.

Courtesy photo / GVF&R Archive
Girdwood Volunteer Fire Chief Judy Culetta responding to a fire in the late 1980s.