Massive fire closes Peter Pan salmon plant
A massive fire at Peter Pan Seafoods’ Port Moller, Alaska-based salmon processing facility will cause the plant to close its doors for the 2017 season.
The fire at the 100-year-old plant broke out around midnight on 16 August, and burned into the morning, according to Alaska Dispatch News. Power, running water and internet connections were down in the remote community.
While Maruha Nichiro-owned Peter Pan did not list the cause of the fire, it said that “damage from the fire is extensive enough to halt operations for the remainder of the 2017 season,” in a statement on its website.
However, all crew and personnel are reported safe and uninjured, Peter Pan said.
Despite the bad news, Tokyo-based Maruha Nichiro said profit rose to JPY 8.5 billion yen (USD 77.6 million; EUR 65.7 million) in its most recent quarter, up 30 percent from the same period last year.