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Arrest made in fatal apartment fire in Eagle River

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 2:11 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 5:56 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A suspect is under arrest and facing murder charges after two people were found dead in an apartment fire in Eagle River, the Anchorage Police Department said in a public alert late Saturday night.

APD said 29-year-old Christopher Ricker faces charges of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, and two counts of first-degree assault.

In a community alert, APD says officers and firefighters with the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the apartment complex on Meadow Creek Drive in Eagle River around 2:11 a.m. Saturday.

AFD was able to put out the fire and that’s when they found the first deceased person.

“While the circumstances of the death are still under investigation, the death is considered suspicious in nature,” APD wrote in the community alert. “APD Homicide Detectives and AFD Fire Investigators have responded to the scene to conduct a thorough investigation.”

APD is investigating it as a homicide and arson.

Quickly after the first alert when out around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a second alert went out saying another deceased person was found.

The victims are one adult male and one adult female. Firefighters say everyone else in the 16-unit complex escaped.

“There were several injuries. One being a victim that extricated themselves from the structure from the second floor and was transported to the hospital,” said Anchorage Fire Battalion Chief Young Suenram. “I believe they’re minor injuries at this point. We also had a minor firefighter injury, and they have been treated and expected to be full recovery.”

Law enforcement is asking those in the public who may have any information to call 3-1-1.

The American Red Cross of Alaska responded to the fire and helped 20 residents of the 16 unit apartment.

Police said the victims’ names will be released after their families are notified.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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