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Fire damages downtown Anchorage apartment building, temporarily displaces residents

By KTVA 11 News 8:30 AM March 9, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

Occupants of a downtown apartment building are now displaced after an early morning fire, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

Callers reported the fire just before 4 a.m., and AFD crews were at the building, located near the corner of 11th Avenue and M Street, just five minutes later.

“…Multiple occupants were still inside their apartments and several were trapped by fire,” states a morning alert from the department.

“Due to high life safety concerns,” AFD requested a second-alarm response, along with additional ambulances.

Crews were able to get the fire under control by 4:05 a.m. and get the occupants out to safety, with none of them needing to be taken to the hospital from the scene. Damage from the blaze can be seen at the entryway to the building.

“The [American Red Cross of Alaska] was requested to help assist up to six displaced occupants,” AFD says.

Lisa Miller with Red Cross says because the utilities were turned off in the building, they provided taxi vouchers to a temporary shelter for those displaced to stay warm. As of Thursday afternoon, occupants were waiting for the city, actively inspecting units, to approve their return, Miller says.

“… There are six units that will be unlivable due to restoration work to the front entry,” Miller wrote in a message. “They won’t have access to enter their apartment units. We will work with them on additional permanent post-fire housing.”

According to AFD, the cause of the fire is undetermined but is not considered suspicious at this time.

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