Anchorage fire officials call Mountain View blaze suspicious

Lisa Demer

A Wednesday morning apartment fire in Mountain View is considered suspicious, and the Anchorage Fire Department is seeking the public's help in investigating it.

A 911 call came in about 3 a.m. reporting a fire at the two-story four-plex at 815 N. Park Street, according to the fire department. The department dispatched 11 units -- fire engines, trucks and other vehicles.

The fire was brought under control in less than 30 minutes, said Al Tamagni, department spokesman.

A second-floor apartment and storage room were most heavily damaged, the department said. Damage was estimated at about $150,000. One of the four units was vacant. The Red Cross is helping three families with lodging and other essentials.

Fire investigator Brian Balega found suspicious circumstances, but officials aren't ready to call the event an arson or provide all the details at this point, Tamagni said.

A witness heard some unusual activity in the building, including a door slamming, before a neighbor warned of the fire, the department said in a statement.

"There's enough for them to ask for some help to see if somebody knows something, saw something, heard something," Tamagni said.

At least some of the units had smoke detectors that went off, Tamagni said. Anchorage residents are required to have working smoke detectors in bedrooms and immediately outside them, he said.

No one was injured. Firefighters rescued a cat. Tamagni didn't know whether any other pets were involved.

City property records show the building is owned by Brian D. Hullinger and he is listed as living there. The building is valued for property tax purposes at $274,000.



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