Person found dead after fourplex fire in Midtown Anchorage

Anchorage firefighters quickly extinguished a Midtown residential fire early Tuesday morning but found one person inside.

Fifteen fire units responded to the fourplex, at 914 W. 23rd Ave., near Arctic Boulevard and Fireweed Lane, shortly after 1:30 a.m., the fire department said.

Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said she couldn't yet release the identity of the victim Tuesday afternoon.

Fire Chief Dennis LeBlanc said crews took about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.

"They knocked it down pretty quickly, and then as they were doing a search of one of the apartments they discovered the victim," LeBlanc said.

Anchorage police and fire investigators were looking into the fire's cause and origin. Investigators securing the structure, a bungalow-type building, declined to discuss details about the fire Tuesday morning.

LeBlanc said the victim was discovered in a bedroom at the home. He didn't have word from investigators Tuesday afternoon on damage to other units in the fourplex or how many occupants, if any, were displaced by the fire.

Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.