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According to a press release from the Alaska Sealife Center, the Seward Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm at 6:37 p.m. at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC). Upon arrival, crews were informed of smoke coming from the Center’s avian curatorial on the second floor. The fire sprinkler system had extinguished what was believed to have been a small electrical fire.

Avian staff responded as soon as firefighters allowed and recovered two long-tailed ducks that were being held in the curatorial. The birds were treated by ASLC veterinary and avian staff and seem to be recovering. Fortunately, no staff or other animals were injured.

ASLC sustained water damage both in the avian curatorial, as well as the first floor BP Theater and Exit Exhibit/Donor Recognition area. Due to the sprinkler heads and sensors needing to be replaced in the curatorial and the clean-up needed due to the water damage, the ASLC was closed to the public Thursday, January 9 and will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 10.

“I’m so proud to work with this staff who, as a team, are willing to take on the challenges, learn from the experiences, and go on with the important mission of the Alaska SeaLife Center,” stated Chief Operating Officer, Chip Arnold. “Thank you Fire Chief Clinton Crites and the Seward Volunteer Fire Department for handling the situation with speed, professionalism, and tact.”