AFD extinguish fire at a vacant East Anchorage apartment building

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage firefighters extinguished a fire at a vacant East Anchorage apartment building in the early morning of Christmas Day.

Tim Garbe, a battalion chief with the Anchorage Fire Department, says firefighters responded shortly after 6:00 a.m. to the fire on the 4300 block of San Roberto Avenue.

The sixplex was vacant and boarded up with heavy smoke billowing out of the building, Garbe said. Firefighters entered the building and fought fires on two different floors.

It took AFD roughly 50 minutes to extinguish the fire and Garbe said that crews would be returning throughout the day to ensure it doesn’t reignite

The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation.

15 units including five engines, three truck companies, a heavy rescue crew and an ambulance all responded to the fire. Garbe said the reinforced response was because an apartment building fire requires “a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time.”

With a cold snap coming, Garbe wanted to remind the public to check smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and to be careful when using additional heaters and candles.

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