No injuries were reported in the West Anchorage hotel fire that displaced 19 guests, officials say
Nineteen people were displaced when a hotel near Anchorage International Airport caught fire Sunday morning, and no injuries or deaths were reported, according to Anchorage Fire Department officials.
The Anchorage Fire Department received a call around 5:50 a.m. regarding the fire at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, located on the 4300 block of Spenard Road, according to Deputy Chief Alex Boyd. The department responded with 19 units and brought the fire under control around 7:45 a.m., Boyd said.
The fire displaced 19 occupants of the 44-unit hotel, Fire Battalion Chief Nathan Paulson said.
An initial accommodation site has been established at the Spenard Community Recreation Center, Boyd said. The Red Cross responded in the event that a large group of people needed resettlement assistance, but occupants displaced by the fire were able to receive alternative accommodation, said Taylar Sausen, spokesperson for the Red Cross. American Red Cross of Alaska.
The department will investigate the official cause of the fire, but it appears the flames started at a bathroom ceiling fan and spread into the attic and third floor – the main area where the fire was contained, Fire Captain Zach Westin said at the hotel on Sunday.
“It’s mostly the third floor for fire and roof damage. The second and first is all water damage,” Westin said. He gestured to the building with charred windows on the top floor and water dripping from the walls. “It’s not habitable right now.”
Florida resident Carey Pollock was staying at the hotel and was there Sunday morning when the fire broke out. She was one of the occupants evacuated.
“There was a knock on my door at 5:30 a.m. to get me up and out,” she said. “I left all my stuff and there were flames from upstairs.”
Around 1 p.m., Pollock returned to the hotel to collect her things and move out.
Fire crews will remain on the scene throughout the afternoon to clean up and make sure there are no hot spots, Westin said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
[Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the Red Cross responded to the fire but did not need to offer shelter assistance, as originally reported.]