Two fires displace Anchorage families

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Two separate fires Monday kept Anchorage firefighters busy and displaced families.

KTUU reports a maintenance shed exploded Monday night and flames spread to a nearby 12-plex near the Old Seward Highway. No one was injured but reports say eight families were displaced. The explosion involved combustibles stored in the shed.

Early Monday, 25 families were displaced by a fire in a 40-unit apartment complex in the Spenard neighborhood.

Many residents of the West Midtown Gardens thought it was a false alarm and evacuated slowly. The fire was started by an electrical problem in the boiler room.

The Red Cross planned to open a temporary shelter for displaced families Tuesday at the Spenard Recreation Center.

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