Nome restaurant burns, nearby inn saved during Alaska storm

a burned restaurant in Nome
The Bering Sea Bar and Grill in Nome was demolished after catching fire in a storm on Sept. 17, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Slingsby)

Nome’s Bering Sea Bar and Grill is gone after a fire started in the building on the evening of Sept. 17, as Nome was being buffeted by a powerful fall storm.

“Definitely was an active fire. We had three go to the hospital, get treated and released. There were no deaths involved,” Nome Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim West Jr. said.

a burning Nome restaurant
The Nome Volunteer Fire Department fights a fire at the Bering Sea Bar and Grill on Sept. 17, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Garrick Fuller)

TJ Wright, a local Nome resident who witnessed the fire, told KNOM he heard an explosion after some propane tanks burst and the Bering Sea Bar and Grill was, “engulfed in flames, sending embers flying all over town.”

Firefighters demolished the building Saturday evening to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings.

“The bar itself, the restaurant was a total loss. We were able to save the hotel, which is three feet next to it,” West said.

Part of the backside of the adjoining Nome Nugget Inn suffered some damage, but the hotel structure is intact.

West said Sunday morning that there were still some hotspots at the building site, and the department was monitoring them.

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Davis Hovey is a news reporter at KNOM - Nome. Hovey was born and raised in Virginia. He spent most of his childhood in Greene County 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville where University of Virginia is located. Hovis was drawn in by the opportunity to work for a radio station in a remote, unique place like Nome Alaska. Hovis went to Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Digital Journalism.