Fire engulfs Two Rivers Lodge outside Fairbanks

This is the 3rd structure fire on Chena Hot Springs Road in less than a week
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Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 10:02 AM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2021 at 4:45 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Two Rivers Lodge along Chena Hot Springs Road was decimated by a fire around midnight Sunday.

This recent event marks the third structure fire to occur along that road in less than a week. The previous two have been confirmed as arson investigations, and on Monday the Alaska State Troopers confirmed the fire that destroyed the lodge is also being investigated as an act of arson.

“It is too early in the investigation to determine if this morning’s fire is connected to the string of arsons that occurred earlier this summer in the Two Rivers area,” said Austin McDaniel, a public information officer with Alaska State Troopers, via email Monday morning.

He noted that no one was injured in the fire.

“The structure is believed to be a total loss,” troopers wrote in their Monday online dispatch report. “The structure was occupied at the time the fire started, however, all occupants were able to escape without injury.”

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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