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  • 1 dead in Anchorage motor home fire February 14, 2019
    A fast-moving fire that gutted a motor home early Thursday left one person dead, according to Anchorage firefighters. Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick said crews responded to the blaze, at the Midtown RV/Camper Park off Fairbanks Street, just after 3:15 a.m. “When we got on scene it was fully involved,” Hettrick said. - PUB DATE: […]
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers study how wildfires affect fish habitats February 13, 2019
    University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists will study links between wildfires and the health of fish habitats in Interior Alaska watersheds. Wildfires are one of the main forms of natural disturbance to Alaska’s boreal forests. Over the past few decades, climate change has increased the frequency, severity and extent of wildfires in Interior Alaska. - PUB […]
  • Flames tear through Salcha home, demolishing the building just as crews arrived February 13, 2019
    A home went up in flames Monday morning, and the fire caused the building to collapse before fire fighters could begin extinguishing efforts on the blaze. According to Ernie Misewicz, chief at Salcha Fire & Rescue, the home was located at 7046 Orchid Drive in Salcha, a community south of Fairbanks near North Pole. - […]
  • Anchorage Assembly considers ban of potentially dangerous fire retardant chemicals February 12, 2019
    Products meant originally to increase escape time during residential fires have been associated with adverse health affects, and the Anchorage Assembly is working to ban them for good. Flame retardant chemicals, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, have been used since the 1970's in home furnishings, electronics, construction materials, and more. - […]
  • Related: What we know so far about the string of Anchorage business fires February 11, 2019
    As investigators work to determine what has caused a string of large fires to damage at commercial properties across Anchorage in recent weeks, officials say the fires, though suspicious, do not appear to be connected. Seven fires have broken out at Anchorage commercial properties since the beginning of the year. - PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 12:00:00 […]
  • Update: Anchorage Police name suspect in Yakitori Sushi arson, seek accomplice's identity February 9, 2019
    Anchorage Police say they have identified one of the two men seen on video fleeing the scene of a fire at a sushi restaurant earlier this week. Police are looking for 36-year-old John Vang, who they say is pictured in the photos and video released earlier this week (and at left above). Police identified him […]

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