Two charged with murder, arson in deadly 2017 Royal Suite fire

Published: Aug. 17, 2018 at 9:17 AM AKDT
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Updated 12:40 p.m.:

Police say suspect Andrew Eknaty has been arrested. The full story below has been updated with that information.

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Two people have been charged with murder in the fire at an Anchorage apartment complex that killed three people in February of 2017. Carleigh Fox, 29 and Andrew Eknaty, 30, each face nine counts of second-degree murder, 16 counts of first degree assault, two counts of assault on an unborn child, conspiracy to commit arson, tampering with evidence, and failure to report or control a dangerous fire. Fox is also charged with eluding police.

Fox was arrested Friday morning. Eknaty, who in March of 2017 was named a person of interest in the case, was arrested Friday, after police initially were looking for him.

Prosecutors say Fox was eluding police on Feb. 15, 2017 after she crashed her vehicle while intoxicated. Eknaty, her passenger, allegedly drove the vehicle to the Royal Suite Lodge and parked it under the carport. A fire was started in the passenger compartment of the vehicle to destroy evidence of Fox’s fleeing from police.

Prosecutors say the two then left the car and the fire, and went into an apartment. Less than two minutes later, Eknaty returned to the car, and the two of them left without reporting the fire or sounding an alarm.

Three people, Vivian Hall, Teuaililo Nui, and Laura Kramer died either in the fire or from its effects afterward. Eight people were seriously injured and numerous people lost their homes.

This is a developing story and will be updated.
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