Fire at former Golden Lion Hotel in Midtown

Fire at former Golden Lion Hotel in Midtown
Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 3:59 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 4:57 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A fire has been reported at the building formerly known as the Golden Lion Hotel in Midtown Anchorage.

The fire was reported around 3:13 p.m. According to Anchorage Fire Department assistant chief Alex Boyd, the fire was under control as of 3:41 p.m. and was confined to a single room on the third floor of the building.

In an email, Boyd confirmed AFD units arrived at the scene at 3:20 p.m. and found the building’s fire suppression sprinkler system had contained the fire to just one room. The fire was declared to be under control at 3:41 p.m.

Boyd also said that the fire prevention systems installed in the building worked successfully — including smoke detectors and sprinklers — which allowed residents to evacuate safely. Fire inspectors will now assess any smoke or water damage to the structure, and assist any displaced residents.

Crews are working to clear smoke from the building as well as the water released by the suppression system.

It is currently unknown if there are any injuries or significant damage to the property.

Administrators at the Golden Lion later reported that 3 residents had to be moved temporarily overnight to roll out beds elsewhere in the facility because of damage to their rooms.

This is a developing story.