ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage firefighters were called out to a fire at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in the Kandlewood Condos on Sentry Drive, off Lake Otis Parkway.
The first crews to arrive at the scene of the fire quickly issued a second alarm calling more emergency teams to the apartment complex. Firefighters from as far as Spenard and Mountain View responded to the call.
More than a dozen emergency vehicles, including a rarely used AFD mobile command unit, gathered at the site.
According to those at the scene, the fire started in a second-floor apartment and flames could be seen coming from a balcony.
“Heard the fire alarms going off so I got a hat, no socks -- feet are freezing,” said resident Doug Christine.
“They had a chainsaw, it had burned through the roof -- there are guys on the roof trying to make sure there’s no fire on the roof, and there's a couple guys inside,” said Bill Hinshaw, who woke up to the fire.