Vehicle fire briefly shuts down Glenn Highway

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Glenn Highway was temporarily shut down Friday morning as police and firefighters responded to a single-vehicle fire just north of the Mirror Lake exit.

According to AFD fire chief Dennis LeBlanc, Chugiak firefighters responded to the fully engulfed Subaru in the outbound lanes at around 7:06 a.m. The fire was extinguished by around 7:25 a.m.

No injuries were reported and nobody was transported to the hospital LeBlanc said.

Anchorage police say the vehicle is still blocking the left lane and drivers should merged to the right lane at Mirror Lake. A tow truck is on the way, police said.

Overall, LeBlanc said minor crashes had been reported around the city throughout the morning but firefighters haven't yet been overwhelmed with calls. He said as of 8 a.m., the fire department had no active incidents to respond to.

"There's a lot of cars in ditches but nothing like the snow-pocalypse we had last spring," he told Channel 2. "There's no school today so there's less traffic. People had a lot of advance notice from the National Weather Service."

As of around 8:15 a.m., Anchorage Police said officers had responded to 15 vehicle collisions, and more than 20 vehicles in distress since midnight.

"Please give yourself extra time in your travels today," police wrote.

Municipal Light & Power reported a minor power outage affecting 50 people in the downtown area Friday morning. But as of around 8:10 a.m., the utility said power had been restored to "all but a handful."

"Crews still working quickly to get everyone back on. Cause is still under investigation," ML&P said.

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