Truck crashes into historic Anchorage building

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say a man has been arrested after his pickup truck slammed into one of the city’s oldest buildings.

Investigators say 24-year-old Biniyahya Blombergalam was driving the wrong way down E Street early Saturday when he caused a multi-vehicle accident and slammed into the Kobuk Coffee Company building. The truck wound up all the way inside the coffee shop and destroyed two display cases containing Russian china.

The display cases were part of the original furnishings of the building, which was constructed as Kimball’s Dry Goods store in 1915. Irving Kimball was a trader and merchant in Alaska from the 1890s until his death in 1921, and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building was badly damaged but no one was seriously injured. Police say Blombergalam ran from the scene before his arrest and is being held on $7,500 bail for investigation of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

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