Petco had a small fire in a ceiling heating unit on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, said a Capital City Fire/Rescue officer in a phone interview. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Petco had a small fire in a ceiling heating unit on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, said a Capital City Fire/Rescue officer in a phone interview. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Fire department responds to small fire at Petco

No one was injured and damage was minor.

Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to a small fire that began in a heating appliance in Petco next to Nugget Mall on Monday afternoon.

No one was injured, but the store did shut down for the afternoon, said Fire Marshal Dan Jager.

“The call was for a small fire in the vestibule of Petco,” Jager said in a phone interview. “Personnel did arrive and saw a small fire in a heater in the ceiling.”

CCFR personnel were able to rapidly respond from the nearby airport fire station after the call came in at 12:48 p.m., Jager said. About 10 CCFR personnel were summoned for the call, which Jager said didn’t require a huge response.

Petco had a small fire in a ceiling heating unit on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, briefly closing the store, said a Capital City Fire/Rescue officer in a phone interview. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Petco had a small fire in a ceiling heating unit on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, briefly closing the store, said a Capital City Fire/Rescue officer in a phone interview. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

“Nobody got hurt,” Jager said. “We’re looking at it right now to see if it was an installation concern or a product or manufacturer issue.”

The damage is estimated at approximately $500, Jager said. The store was closed while repairs were being made Monday afternoon, but would be reopened Monday evening or Tuesday morning, said a store employee, who declined to be identified, in a phone interview.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com

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