ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update - 4:55 p.m.:
The Anchorage Fire Department says one person is dead in Friday afternoon's trailer fire, near 2221 Muldoon Road. The department is not releasing any information on that person..
According to Jodie Hettrick, deputy chief of operations with AFD, the victim was reportedly trapped within the burning structure.
Hettrick said the fire burned in the front room of the building, but she was not sure which room it is.
Hettrick reports that a total of 20 apparatus responded to the fire. And AFD is expected to remain in the area for "several hours," as the fire's cause is under investigation.
To help determine the official cause, Hettrick says witnesses and family members are now being interviewed.
Hettrick said the tragedy can serve as a reminder to check smoke alarm batteries and practice escape routes."The big thing is get out of the house as soon as you can. Make sure everyone is accounted for and don’t go back inside," she said.
Also on scene is the Red Cross, in order to offer assistance.
Rich Van, A disaster action team captain said four volunteers were available to help the grieving family. "We’re being patient here tonight, we don’t want to intrude and just let them know we’re here and when they’re ready to talk we’re ready to listen."
This is a developing story, and will be updated when more information is available.
Original Story - 4:22 p.m.:
Anchorage firefighters are responding to what could be a fatal fire, according to Jodie Hettrick, deputy chief of operations with AFD.
At 3:43 p.m. Friday, the Anchorage Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Muldoon's Glencaren Court area.
Crews are still on scene, but are calling the fire "under control" as of 4 p.m., says Hettrick.
"The majority of the fire is out," she explains. "It's not potentially dangerous to the public."
Hettrick adds that there may be one fatality; however, she could not share any victim details at this moment.
And as the fire is still being extinguished, it is still too early to determine the cause of the fire.
While zero roads have been shut down, traffic may be congested. Hettrick asks that the pubic avoid the area of 2221 Muldoon Road, if possible.
In addition, she reminds the public to please check their own home smoke alarms, and to have an emergency plan ready – just in case.