Anchorage firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a two-alarm fire at a Government Hill apartment building, saying nobody was injured in the blaze.
AFD dispatchers said 19 units were dispatched to Building 1 of the North Pointe Apartments at 905 Richardson Vista Rd. Firefighters completed an initial sweep of the building without finding anyone inside, declaring it under control at about 4 p.m.
"First arriving crews reported smoke coming from the second floor and flames through the roof of the building," AFD spokesperson Al Tamagni Jr. said in a statement on the fire Thursday evening. "No injuries to occupants were reported, several pets were rescued from the building by firefighters."
According to APD spokesperson Anita Shell, half of the building was fully engulfed, with initial calls coming in at 3:14 p.m. Road closures were initially placed along East Bluff Drive, at its intersections with Elm Street and Richardson Vista; as of 5 p.m. Richardson Vista was still blocked off.
Red Cross of Alaska at the scene to assist displaced residents were offering to house them overnight in the Fairview Recreation Center. The residents of the affected structure were all able to find lodging for the night without the use of the recreation center.
Tamagni says AFD is investigating the cause of the fire, and a damage estimate wasn't immediately available.
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