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Firefighters discover old extinguisher in museum crawl space

February 7, 2018

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Two Kodiak firefighters made a fitting find at the Baranov Museum.

The firefighters on Thursday found a bullet-ridden copper and brass fire extinguisher — estimated to be at least 100 years old — in the museum’s crawl space, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported .

Firefighters Matt Stone and Dan Farmer were conducting a routine fire safety check when they found the extinguisher.

“They were poking around with their flashlights, because there’s no overhead light in there, and were like, ‘Oh my gosh!’” said Michael Bach, the museum’s collections manager.

American-made soda-and-acid extinguishers are collectibles because of their sturdy copper and tin bodies and old-fashioned handiwork. Similar extinguishers have been auctioned off for hundreds of dollars in good condition.

The extinguisher was donated in 1980, according to museum records. It was found covered in mud near a reservoir on Pillar Mountain.

Museum board members said similar extinguishers were used in bunkers during World War II. Kodiak was a hub during that period. A large naval base was constructed in the 1930s and by the 1940s more than 25,000 people lived in the then-tiny village of Kodiak.

“It’s so exciting when someone finds something that really resonates with them,” Bach said. “Having the firefighters here and being so stoked was just a funny treat.”

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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