Fire Rages Near Downtown Anchorage

There is developing news in the downtown Anchorage area. More than 50 firefighters are battling a blaze at 12th and I Streets at the Park Place Condominiums. The residential units are located right across the street from City Market.

At least 20 units are burned--more had water damage. So far, it is estimated that over 12 million dollars in damage was caused by the blaze. That number is expected to rise. As of Tuesday evening, there are still hot spots. The Anchorage Fire Department plans to have rotating crews throughout the evening and night.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Fire officials tell us it started in an elevator shaft and quickly spread, consuming the roof. Flames continue to spread, prompting officials to shut down several major roads.

I Street is completely closed in the downtown area and L Street from Northern Lights to downtown is also closed. The Anchorage Fire Department is requesting that people avoid the area.

The Anchorage Fire Department is advising all downtown area businesses and homes to restrict the use of their electricity and to avoid using devices that circulate air such as air conditioners and air filters.

Those with breathing problems, such as asthma, are advised to avoid the area.

The Anchorage Pioneer home is NOT affected by the fire. Those with loved ones in the home are advised NOT to try to pick them up from the residence.

Republished with permission of KTVA/CBS 11.