Ketchikan American Legion building burns overnight

Photo credit: Joseph T. Craig, Post 3, Department of Alaska, The American Legion.

The Ketchikan Police Department and the Ketchikan Fire Department are seeking information about a fire that engulfed the American Legion Hall in downtown Ketchikan at about 1:21 am on Sunday.

“We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has video surveillance footage of the area to come forward with information. Your cooperation could be instrumental in helping us determine the cause of the fire and ensure the safety of our community,” the police department said.

Update: Police arrested Joseph Schacher Jr., 28, and he is currently jailed at the Ketchikan Correctional Center. He has been in trouble with the law previously for assault, harassment, and violating conditions of release.

The Joseph T. Craig American Legion Post 3, more than 100 years old, was pouring smoke out of its attic space, causing fire alarms in the neighborhood to go off, when fire crews arrived. The inferno was fought for hours.

Ketchikan Fire Department was aided by the North and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Departments. One firefighter ended up at the hospital due to shortness of breath, but police say that no one was believed to be in the building at the time of the fire.

In photos posted online, it appears that the American flag quilt that hangs on the wall was still standing and recognizable.

Photo credit: Hunter Davis, via Facebook. The flag quilt on the wall of the American Legion.


    • It is well known that most veterans support DJT. So yeah, highly likely the radical left burned this building down. As we get closer to 2024, you’re going to see a lot more of this.

      Trump 2024!

  1. Some little Leftist, privileged white girl saw this and thought it was racist. Why not, their cohorts down south burn and pillage with no consequences.

  2. Done pretty close to 9/11 remembrance day. Any connection? Was it just a fire started by electrical shorts or arson? How was the police arrest of Joseph Schacher Jr. connected? It wasn’t stated in the update. Mr. Hill may be right, that we will probably see more of this as we get closer to 2024, if the lefties don’t get Trump convicted to their satisfaction in those democratic bastions they are trying them in.

  3. All of my fellow Amphibious Assault Navy Veterans have fled from being Trumpies after Trump totally trashed John McCain, a true American War Hero. To make it even more stupid, he did this after McCain was dead. Now, what kind of a jerk does something like that? And for no apparent gain? Mr. Hill, you are in the dark.
    Pick one of our strong other candidates who can unite and lead the Republicans vack to leading America.

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