Crews Respond to Large Midtown Anchorage Apartment Fire

A large fire burned an apartment building in Midtown Anchorage this morning. Officials say they are still gathering details.

Anchorage firefighters battled an early morning blaze at a Midtown Anchorage apartment building. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage.

The smell of fire permeated midtown Anchorage this morning. Al Tamagni is a spokesperson for the Anchorage Fire Department. He says around 8:40 Thursday morning crews responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a large apartment building on fire at 34th and Eureka.

“While they were in route they were being notified that additional 911 calls were coming in reporting that the roof was on fire. Units got here, saw fire heavily involved on the roof. They did call for a second alarm with additional resources. Crews have been actively fighting the fire. We have approximately 25 apparatus here at this point. We have no report of any fatalities. We have two people who were transported to a local hospital,” Tamagni said.

Tamagni says about 25 people from the burned building have taken shelter at a nearby church and the Red Cross is assisting them.

This is a developing story and more details will be available on Alaska New Nightly tonight.

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email.

Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.

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