One dead in apartment fire that closed West 26th Wednesday

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Update: A fire in an apartment building has resulted in the death of one person, AFD said Wednesday evening. Next of kin are being notified and their identity has not been released.

The fire was reported after 1 p.m. and has impacted several units at the La Maisonnette Apartment Homes owned by Weidner Apartment Homes. Anchorage Fire spokesperson Alex Boyd said two units have been damaged by the fire and one unit has smoke damage.

Boyd said all 16 units are uninhabitable and residents are collaborating with Red Cross and Weidner to find alternate housing for the night. The fire was extinguished by 3:19 p.m. Wednesday.

AFD is still investigating the fire, but West 26th Avenue is now open again for vehicle traffic.

"There were no indications that the fire was suspicious in nature, however, the origin and cause is still being investigated," Boyd said.

Original Story: Fire officials are responding to a fire on 1402 W. 26th Ave. Wednesday afternoon.

An Anchorage Fire Department spokesperson confirmed there was a commercial fire in the area that is now under control. AFD deployed 17 units to the apartment building on fire and said they will be investigating the fire for possible injuries.

A fire spokesperson said West 26 Avenue will be closed for several hours while the fire is extinguished and investigated.

AFD is asking people to stay clear of the area while they are on the scene.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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