The Bethel Fire Department responded to a fire early Thursday morning around 1 o’clock behind the 1,2,3 Barbecue building at Watson’s corner. Bethel Fire Department captain Bill Howell says when crews arrived they found an outbuilding in flames.
“Turns our the building was what we call a steam bath here in Bethel. We were able to control the fire in about 18 minutes. There was a little bit of spread to an adjacent building which was a storage shed. We were able to get it under control pretty quickly and without any significant damage to any of the surrounding buildings,” said Howell
The fire had spread to a nearby storage shed but did not do much damage. Five fire department vehicles responded.
No injuries were reported, but an intoxicated person was removed from the scene.
Howell says it’s important to extinguish steam bath fires at the end of the night. And it’s particularly important right now because fire danger is high and structure fires can quickly spread to the tundra.