Demolition prep work starts at the Royal Suite Lodge apartment building

Published: Jul. 5, 2017 at 2:31 PM AKDT
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Demolition prep work started this week at the Royal Suite Lodge apartment buildings. A lodge manager, who only would identify himself as Thomas, said the demolition schedule still needs to be worked out with the contractors, but he hopes for it to be torn down "soon."

The city said the owners of the building, listed as Jinbo LLC, applied for a demolition permit in February - the same month as

- and the company has six months from that date, before the contract expires.

The Royal Suites fire happened on February 15, at 3811 Minnesota Drive, and it was quickly elevated to a criminal investigation by Anchorage police, who said it was an arson and homicide case.

The people who died include 63-year-old Vivian Hall, 38-year-old Teuaililo Nua and 70-year-old Laura Kramer.

There have been no arrests at this time.

Anchorage Police Department spokesperson, Renee Oistad, wouldn't comment on any possible arrests, only writing in an email, "As soon as we have more information that can be released publicly, we will do so."

Also this week, the memorial on the fence that surrounds the building continues to grow. It now includes balloons, heart wreaths, crosses with the words "we miss you," as well as a mural, which depicts cherry blossoms surrounding the charred building.

Wednesday morning, work crews could be seen coming and going out of the building, which still has burned out cars sitting out front. Orange flowers have started to grow outside of the building.

Rebecca Palsha is at the Royal Suite Lodge apartments. New memorials were added to the fence surrounding the apartments, which were set on fire this past February.

Posted by Channel 2 News, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017