Fishermen adjust after Charleston ice house burns down

Now that the ice house is gone, many fishermen said that it was tremendous loss for a community that relies heavily on fishing to make a living.

Posted: Dec 27, 2019 6:49 PM

CHARLESTON, Ore. – Fisherman are still trying to adjust after the Charleston ice house burned down.

When the fire broke out last Friday, it initially started an ammonia plume that resulted in a recommended evacuation in the immediate area, according to the Coos Bay Fire Department.

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The ice house provided ice for sport and commercial fishermen 24 hours a day.

Now that the ice house is gone, many fishermen said that it was tremendous loss for a community that relies heavily on fishing to make a living.

JD Evanow, who is a dock manager in Charleston, said the destruciton of the ice house will have a significant impact on the local economy.

“It’s going to cost this port millions of dollars in lost revenue. Poundage -- people working loading and offloading and selling fish,” said Evanow. “If you can’t get ice, you’re going to unload where you can.”

Now that it’s gone, he said boats will choose to dock in places near another ice house such as Brookings or Newport.

Until they find a permanent solution, he said his dock purchased ice machines to make sure fisherman are taken care of for the time being.

Another fisherman told KEZI 9 News that two businesses in Charleston are lending ice to some fishermen who need it.

KEZI 9 News reached out to the Charleston Marina Complex. They were unable to confirm plans to rebuild the ice house at this time.

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