Investigation of Anchorage Apartment Fire Points to Arson, Woman Charged

Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

An arrest has been made in connection with the fire that burned a midtown Anchorage apartment building last week.

Late Friday Anchorage Fire Department Officials announced that Jenae Collins had been arrested and charged in connection with the big midtown Anchorage Apartment fire on Jan. 3. Al Tamagni is a spokesperson for the Anchorage Fire Department. He says they believe it was arson.

“As a result of the investigation and interviews with residents the fire was classified as arson. Jenae Collins, age 41, of Anchorage was arrested and charged with arson in the first degree and reckless endangerment. She was arraigned over the weekend, but the investigation continues,” Tamagni said.

Tamagni says Collins was a resident of the 24-unit apartment building, which was destroyed by fire Thursday morning. Charging documents say Collins lit an article of clothing on fire in the apartment, then took it out onto a balcony and put it in a trash can with cardboard. The fire then spread to the attic space, burning the south face of the building and the entire roof. Two residents were transported to the hospital and two police officers suffered smoke inhalation injuries. The investigation is ongoing. A pre-indictment hearing for Collins is set for Tuesday.

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