AFD: Yakitori Sushi fire likely set intentionally

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — The Anchorage Fire Department says Yakitori Sushi House and a neighboring business were broken into early Monday morning before a fire destroyed the interior of the sushi restaurant.

"We do know that this morning's fire, there was a break-in to that particular business and to a business next door," Anchorage Fire Marshal Cleo Hill said Monday afternoon. "Based on the evidence, we believe it (the sushi restaurant fire) was intentionally set."

The owner of Yakitori Sushi House told Channel 2 that he had installed security cameras with a livestream operated by Ring at the restaurant.

"From what I understand, there have been some Facebook videos posted of the possible perpetrators." Hill said. "We'd really appreciate any information or any I.D. on the individuals in the video."

The Yakitori fire is the third business to go up in flames in just over a month within a three mile radius of Tudor Road.

On January 3, the Sea Galley restaurant burned down. Two weeks after the fire, AFD said it appeared that vagrants had broken inside the property prior to the fire. Hill says that investigation is suspended until more information becomes available.

On January 26, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel that was under construction in Midtown burned in a massive blaze. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives came in to assist in the investigation, but the case is still open.

"At this point, there is no evidence that links any of these fires together," Hill said.

Anyone with information on the fires can contact APD by dialing 311, or the Anchorage Arson Hotline at 907-267-5060.