Butte’s iconic ‘Tower House’ burns in massive fire
A Mat-Su landmark built around a piece of Anchorage aviation history was destroyed Wednesday in an early-morning fire.
The “Tower House” in Butte included the top of the former control tower at Anchorage International Airport from 1964 to 1972, owner Michelle Brunson Olsen said on Facebook.
Fire crews got word just before 2:15 a.m. Wednesday of a blaze at the South Bodenburg Loop home, according to deputy chief Ken Barkley with Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services. Four fire departments ultimately responded, with no injuries reported.
“All the residents got out,” Barkley said. “Butte Fire, Palmer Fire, Central Fire and West Lakes Fire all assisted in the extinguishing.”
The blaze was brought under control by about 4 a.m., Barkley said, but the two-story 6,000-square-foot home was a total loss.
Olsen said one cat from the home wasn’t accounted for, but the other pets all survived.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation but isn’t believed to be suspicious, Barkley said.
Red Cross of Alaska staff responded to assist the displaced family, according to spokeswoman Cari Dighton.
Heather Hintze and Scott Jensen contributed information to this story.
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