Anchorage fire crews have successfully extinguished a large structure fire in Midtown Thursday night, saying one injury was ultimately reported.
According to Anchorage Fire Department dispatchers, at least 13 units were dispatched when several calls came in about the blaze, on the 2000 block of Cliffside Drive, just before 8:50 p.m. One call was from the Merrill Field tower, which reported seeing smoke.
Initial reports from arriving crews indicated an evacuation in progress of a multi-family structure, about a quarter of which was engulfed in flames.
Dispatchers say firefighters quickly completed a primary search of the structure and didn't find anyone still inside. Crews remained inside, eventually bringing the fire under control at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday; firefighters remained at the scene until about 12:40 a.m. Friday, however, putting out hot spots at the scene.
While no injuries had been reported as of about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, dispatchers say medics took one person to a local hospital. AFD couldn't release any further information on the nature of the person's injuries, citing patient privacy laws.
Dispatchers didn't have any details on how many people were displaced by the fire, but say no requests for Red Cross assistance were made in relation to the blaze.