State Briefs

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2003

Girl dies in Anchorage apartment fire

ANCHORAGE - A 4-year-old girl died Sunday morning in an apartment fire in Anchorage, a fire official said.

Firefighters were called to a 12-plex in the Mountain View neighborhood shortly after 8 a.m., said Tom Kempton of the Anchorage Fire Department.

The first crews to arrive reported flames coming from the windows of a second floor unit. The crews also said several residents were attempting to escape the blaze.

Firefighters were able to enter the apartment and rescue residents, including the 4-year-old and her mother. Both were taken to Alaska Regional Hospital where the girl was pronounced dead. The mother was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross has provided housing for the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Company offering rewards for information on bus vandalism

ANCHORAGE - A company is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for vandalizing 50 buses.

The First Student bus company is offering a $1,000 reward for the information.

The vandalism occurred sometime before the morning of March 17 at the Chugiak bus depot. The brake lines to the buses were cut, causing an estimated $32,000 in damage.

The vandalism left hundreds of students in the Anchorage school district without transportation that day.

Alaska unemployment shows seasonal decrease

ANCHORAGE - The state's monthly unemployment report for March shows a seasonal decrease, according to a state report.

The rate for March was 7.8 percent compared to 8.7 percent in February, the Labor and Workforce Development Department report shows.

Unemployment in Aleutians East was just 2.9 percent, while on the Kenai Peninsula it was 12.3 percent. In the Southeast Alaska region, unemployment dropped from 10.3 percent to 9 percent.

The report says that in the past year, Alaska lost 700 jobs in the natural resources and mining category. However, the state gained 500 jobs in retail trade and construction, another 500 in leisure and hospitality, and 1,400 in government.

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