Fire destroys gay pride float in Anchorage

Posted: Monday, July 05, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage authorities say they're investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a gay pride float intended for a 4th of July parade.

KTUU-TV reports that witnesses told investigators that moments before the fire began Friday morning they saw someone running from the driveway where the float was being constructed.

The float's builders and neighbors say they fear a hate crime. Investigators say they're still working. A report that concludes the fire was set would lead to a criminal investigation.

The builders say they'll still improvise a float using the ashes and charred pieces of the original.

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