Deadly fire leaves neighbors at a 'loss for words'

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A deadly fire in a Fairview townhouse has left neighbors at a "loss for words" nearly 2 days after the initial flames broke out.

On Saturday, Michael Lapp and his family members were cleaning-up the debris and salvaging items from his home. Lapp lives in one of the units damaged during the fire.

Lapp said eight of the nine family members were inside the home at the time of the blaze,"It was so hot in the little entry, you could feel the flames, almost like the flames were kissing you when you came out of the door."

Three of Lapp's neighbors did not survive the fire next door. Officials have not publicly identified the victims but a spokesperson for the Anchorage School District says one of the victims was a kindergarten student at Fairview Elementary School. Lapp said his kids played with the children during the summertime.

"It is just a terrible terrible thing," Lapp said.

Lapp said the insurance company is still assessing the damage to their home. Lapp said they will be displaced from their home for at least six months.

Officials say the fire does not appear to be suspicious and is currently under investigation.

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