1 dead, 4 hurt in Mountain View residential fire
One person has died after a Mountain View fire that sent multiple people, including children, to the hospital early Friday morning, according to Anchorage firefighters.
Erich Scheunemann, the Anchorage Fire Department's deputy chief, said one person was found dead in a two-story four-plex on the 400 block of North Flower Street, within a lower unit where the fire had started. Initial reports of the blaze came in at 2:48 a.m.
"Anchorage Police Department officers arrived first on location and reported an occupant was trapped in the primary fire unit," AFD officials wrote in a statement on the fire late Friday morning. "The reported trapped victim was found deceased by fire crews."
Scheunemann said about 20 units were dispatched to what became a two-alarm fire. Four injured people, including one person in serious condition and three others in stable condition, were taken to the hospital.
AFD Capt. Jess Werner said the flames were "roaring out the window" and people were "running all over" when crews arrived.
The fire was reported contained just after 4 a.m, according to AFD. Its cause is under investigation.
Werner said the building has severe damage including a huge hole at the top.
Lisa Miller, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross of Alaska, said the group was providing "initial financial assistance" for those displaced by the deadly blaze.
"We assisted a total of 14 (people); it was two different families," Miller said. "The fire damage, it looks like was pretty extensive -- the fire department declared it unlivable, so we're providing assistance with housing."
Red Cross officials have been scrambling to help people, a day after a Thursday fire with minor injuries damaged an apartment complex on Latouche Street.
"That's 21 people we've assisted in 24 hours," Miller said.
Firefighters also responded to two multi-unit residential fire calls Friday morning, including one just before 6 a.m. in an apartment complex on the 5400 block of Mockingbird Drive in which evacuating residents reported "the smell of burning food" but crews found no fire. The second blaze, at a duplex on the 7600 block of Duben Avenue, was reported just before 9:15 a.m.; crews found "high heat and smoke" in a unit, and quickly suppressed the fire.
No injuries were reported during either of those calls.
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