In effort to rebuild, construction begins a year after the Royal Suite Lodge fire

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Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 7:03 PM AKST
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Construction has begun in an effort to rebuild Royal Suite Lodge a year after a deadly fire killed three people and injured 17 others.

Anchorage Police say there are no updates after a criminal investigation was opened and the fire was said to be a case of arson and homicide. Richard K. Allen, the Anchorage District Attorney, said the Royal Suite Lodge "matter is very complicated and involves multiple law enforcement agencies."

The fire began

spreading quickly throughout the Spenard apartment block. It was said to be one of the worst fires seen by Anchorage Fire Department in years, causing some residents to jump from third story windows to escape the flames.

began in August after the apartment block was said to be a total loss and not suitable for human habitation.

Michael Quick, a neighbor who saw the fire start, said Thursday "it was like a matchstick going up." Quick had a brother who lived in the apartment block who escaped the flames. He said it was sad and that the people who died in the fire were nice people. "I'm glad to see they're starting construction but it doesn't eliminate the fact that three people passed away here," said Quick.

The owner of Northland Development and Contracting Inc., David Kim, said construction began Wednesday Dec. 7 and that the new apartment block will consist of 24, two bedroom apartments. Kim said there was a pause in construction Thursday due to "personal reasons" for some of the staff; construction is expected to be completed sometime in September.