Nome, Alaska (KINY) One person is dead after an early morning fire at the Polaris Hotel Tuesday.
The Alaska Dispatch News reported that the fire burned for hours Tuesday morning. It took about seven hours before firemen could bring the blaze under control. The building was deemed a total loss. The first alarm came in just before 3 a.m. Eye witnesses said the blaze had engulfed the second floor as firemen arrived.
The Hotel was always full during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and other accommodations will have to be arranged this year. Alaska State Fire Inspectors were expected to be at the scene today to investigate. The hotel and bar had existed since the 1950s. A number of historic relics from Nome were lost in the blaze including photos or the Nome annual golfing classic on the frozen Bering Sea.
The name of the victim has not been released by authorities.