FAIRBANKS — Fire destroyed the main building of the Ice Alaska Ice Park off west Phillips Field Road early Friday.

The fire was extinguished in the afternoon, said Capt. Forrest Kuiper of the University Fire Department, but a crew of about 10 firefighters will remain on scene through today to work on overhaul and extinguish hot spots.

“Phillips Field (Road) is still shut down but we’re hoping to open it in the next couple hours,” Kuiper said at about 4:10 p.m. Friday. “Bystanders may see smoke or steam in the area but should not be concerned. We’ll keep fire watch on it the next few days.” 

Kuiper confirmed officials from the Alaska State Fire Marshal’s office are on scene investigating the cause of the fire, which is still unknown.

Fire Chief Douglas Schrage confirmed there were no injuries or casualties among civilians and firefighters.

As for the Alaska Ice Park building, “We expect it to be a complete loss,” Schrage said. 

The first 911 call was received at 7:38 a.m. and the University Fire Department responded along with the Fairbanks Fire Department.

“We were concerned about other structures and vehicles. We took defensive positions around the fire so it didn’t spread,” Schrage said.

He said fire crews were successful in protecting the other structures and vehicles. 

A crew of about a dozen firefighters were observed on scene this morning to fight the fire. Additional fire trucks and police vehicles were about a mile away at the intersection of Phillips Field Road and Peger Road where a hose line had been set up to the closest hydrant.

Schrage said the fire required more water than the fire hydrant could provide so tenders, or water tankers, brought more water in throughout the morning.

Schrage said the university Fire Department was the primary agency to respond, with assistance from the Chena Goldstream Fire Department, Steese Volunteer, North Star Fire Department and Fort Wainwright, mostly with water tenders.

Fairbanks police closed the road at about 9 a.m. and advised drivers to avoid the area and its intersection with Phillips Field Road. The blaze could be seen from across the city.

Heather Taggard, on Alaska Ice Park’s Facebook, said a smell tipped someone off to the fire.

“Shinichi Sawamura smelled an electrical smell and went to investigate,” Taggards’ Facebook post said. “Smoke was coming from the boiler room. Authorities were called. Fire went up, no one hurt. I don’t want to say more, still in shock.”

Taggard also said “firefighters are amazing” and Howard Earles pulled vehicles away from the building using a zoom boom.

Keith Fye, executive director of Christmas in Ice, in North Pole, offered condolences.

“We want to express our condolences for their building,” Fye said. “We hope they recover from the fire.”

The structure was used as a snack bar and warming building during the BP World Ice Art Championships each February and March. Ice Alaska moved into its current location in 2012.

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Updated 4:30 p.m. FAIRBANKS - A fire engulfed the main building of the Ice Alaska Ice Park off west Phillips Field Road this morning.

The fire was extinguished in the afternoon, according to Capt. Forrest Kuiper of the University Fire Department, but a crew of about 10 firefighters will remain on scene through Saturday to work on overhaul and to extinguish hot spots.

"Phillips Field (Road) is still shut down but w'ere hoping to open it in the next couple hours.," Kuiper said at about 4:10 p.m. Friday. "Bystanders may see smoke or steam in the area but should not be concerned. We'll keep fire watch on it the next few days.

Kuiper confirmed officials from the Alaska State Fire Marshal's office are on scene investigating the cause of the fire, which is still still unknown.

Fire Chief Douglas Schrage confirmed there are no injuries or casualties among civilians and firefighters.

"We expect it to be a complete loss." Schrage said of the Alaska Ice Park building.

The first 911 call was received at 7:38 a.m. and the University Fire Department responded along with the Fairbanks Fire Department.

"We were concerned about other structures and vehicles. We took defensive positions around the fire so it didn't spread," Schrage said. Schrage said fire crews were successful in protecting the other structures and vehicles.

A crew of about a dozen firefighters were observed on scene this morning to fight the fire. Additional fire trucks and police vehicles were about a mile away at the intersection of Phillips Field Road and Peger Road where a hose line had been set up to the closest hydrant.

Schrage said the fire required more water than the fire hydrant could provide so tenders, or water tankers, brought more water in throughout the morning.

"We were the primary agency," Schrage said. "We had assistance from the Chena Goldstream Fire, Steese Volunteer, North Star Fire Department, and Fort Wainwright, mostly with water tenders."

Fairbanks police closed the road at about 9 a.m. and advised drivers to avoid the area and its intersection with Phillips Field Road. The blaze could be seen from all over the city.

According to Heather Taggard on Alaska Ice Park's Facebook, a smell tipped someone off to the fire.

"Shinichi Sawamura smelled an electrical smell and went to investigate," Taggards' Facebook post said. "Smoke was coming from the boiler room. Authorities were called. Fire went up, no one hurt. I don't want to say more; still in shock."

Taggard also said "firefighters are amazing" and Howard Earles pulled vehicles away from the building using a zoom boom.

Keith Fye, executive director of Christmas in Ice, in North Pole, offered condolences.

"We want to express our condolences for their building," Fye said. "We hope they recover from the fire.

The two-structure was used as a snack bar and warming building during the BP World Ice Art Championships each February and March. Ice Alaska moved into its current location in 2012.