Mat-Su

Two people rescued uninjured from residential fire near Wasilla

Two people were rescued uninjured early Tuesday from a fire in a multifamily housing structure near Wasilla, an official said.

Firefighters were called to a two-story building on Heather Lane around 6:30 a.m., said Matanuska-Susitna Borough Fire Deputy Director Brian Davis. There was a significant fire at one end of the building, which Davis described as a multifamily housing complex with at least three units.

Two people on the second floor were escorted out by firefighters and several other residents made it out of the building on their own, he said. Davis estimated there were six to eight people in the building when the fire began. There were no injuries, he said.

Crews from the Central Mat-Su and West Lakes fire departments responded and were later assisted by the Houston and Palmer fire departments, Davis said. The fire was controlled just before 8 a.m., he said.

About half of the building sustained substantial damage and the Red Cross was assisting displaced residents, Davis said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, but Davis said crews remained on scene Tuesday morning to investigate and watch for hotspots.

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