Police will investigate fire that killed Anchorage girl

Police say they are investigating the cause of a duplex fire that left a girl dead in south Anchorage.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Anchorage police detective Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz says the Wednesday morning fire is “suspicious” and that police are investigating with the Anchorage Fire Department.

Fire Department Senior Captain Tony Schwamm says a caller reported flames tearing through the brown, two-story structure around 2:40 in the morning.

He says the flames were at least 15 feet high by the time firefighters arrived.

They heard there was one person still in the building and found the child in a second-floor bedroom.

Schwamm says two other residents were rushed to an Anchorage hospital shortly after his arrival. He does not know their condition.