Anchorage Apartment Fire Still Being Investigated

Firefighters respond the the apartment fire in Midtown Anchorage. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage.

Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of a fire that destroyed a 24-unit apartment building in Midtown Anchorage Thursday morning.

Anchorage Fire Department spokesman Al Tagmani says it may take a while because of the scale and intensity of the fire.

Officials say that 10 people stayed at the Red Cross shelter at the Spenard Recreation Center Thursday night. Four residents remained at the shelter Friday morning.

The Red Cross is working with the Salvation Army to house the residents who remain at the shelter. Animal Care & Control has been reuniting pets from the burned building with their owners. About 45 people lived in the 24-unit midtown “Calais Arms” building that burned Thursday morning.

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Daysha Eaton, KMXT - Kodiak
Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.