APD: Road 'completely open' after midtown fire
The lanes originally closed by an early morning midtown fire that caused a nearby motel to evacuate its guests Saturday are now "completely open," according to the Anchorage Police Department.
The second-alarm fire was at a new C Street hotel or motel that is currently under construction, Anchorage Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations Brian Keen said.
All C Street lanes between Tudor Road and International Airport Road were closed just after 5 a.m. while officials worked to put out the fire. The lanes were reopened around 8:40 a.m., APD said in a traffic alert.
Both the Anchorage Fire Department and Anchorage Police Department were still on the scene, as of 9 a.m.
AFD officials on scene said around four ladder trucks and 26 units responded. According to Keen, they were holding a defensive position.
The Motel 6 behind the fire location was evacuated around 5:30 a.m., less than half an hour after officials responded to the fire, Keen said. The people evacuated have since been let back into the building.
AFD officials on scene said there were no civilian injuries in the fire. However, one firefighter was transported to an area hospital for heat exhaustion. A public information officer for the department said Saturday afternoon that the firefighter was treated and released.
Keen said no cause or origin has been determined. The fire continues to be investigated. Officials expect to be in the area through the afternoon.
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