VIDEO: Fire breaks out in midtown Anchorage, AFD responds in force

Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 7:56 AM AKDT
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12:30 p.m. Update:

According to the Red Cross, multiple families were offered assistance after being evacuated from their fire damaged homes.

Lisa Miller, spokesperson with Red Cross, said that seven people in total were assisted, each living alone in their own apartments. This matches later AFD statements, where they expected other homes to have been damaged.

The seven apartments, each homing one individual, were evacuated during the fire. Their residents were offered financial assistance by Red Cross for things like food, clothing, and medication. They were also afforded funds for housing in the meantime.

In addition to those seven, Miller said another three tenants who were without power were also rendered aid.

This is a developing story and will be updated
Original Story:

A large structure fire brought a flurry of emergency response vehicles to midtown Anchorage after 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

An official with the Anchorage Fire Department said the structure was located on the 3200 block of Latouche Street. They got the call at 7:28 a.m.

Smoke could be seen visibly pouring out of the Stephen's Park Apartments on Latouche. AFD was on scene minutes later at 7:32 a.m., and began pouring water on the large column of smoke.

One person was injured, however AFD said that the individual's injuries were minor. That person was transported to the hospital for treatment.

"There was a heavy volume of flames in the stairwell," AFD told KTUU, "We started pouring water and looking for victims."

The fire started in one unit, and spread to four others, damaging them with fire and smoke. AFD said it expects to see more units damaged.