Royal Suites Lodge construction begins 1 year after deadly fire
This week marks one year since the devastating Royal Suites Lodge fire broke out, claiming three lives and injuring more than a dozen others at a Spenard apartment complex.
Police are calling it arson and homicide but still haven’t filed any criminal charges. In the meantime, construction crews are starting to rebuild.
“It will be nice to see fresh apartments, but still I know it’s hard for a lot of people,” fire survivor Ione Bishop said.
On February 15, 2017, a deadly fire tore through half of the Royal Suites Lodge.
Flames spread so quickly that some people were forced to jump from windows before firefighters arrived.
For months, a makeshift memorial honoring those who didn't survive hung along the fence guarding the charred building-- until the damaged apartments were torn down in August.
Now, 12 months since the fire, police only say that they're working closely with the District Attorney's Office and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators to close the case.
Many who survived the fire say they prefer not to talk about the past.
“We'll have flashbacks but time heals. I guess. That's all we can say,” Bishop said.
Instead. they want to focus on the future and building new memories to help soothe the memories the blaze scarred.
The owner of Northland Development and Contracting Inc, David Kim, says construction crews should be done rebuilding the Royal Suites Lodge in September.
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