Fire Department Closes Midtown hotel

Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Fire Department closed the Northern Lights Hotel for safety violations Monday, giving the 60 guests two hours to pack up and move out.

Two fire inspectors found 64 violations on the first three floors of the six-story hotel, Deputy Chief Bridget Bushue said. Inspectors decided to stop the inspection and close the place immediately.

The most serious violations include inoperable fire alarms, sprinklers and emergency lights. Other violations include blocked stairwells and exits and an inadequate fire suppression system in the kitchen.

Two restaurants inside the hotel, Cusack's Brewpub & Roaster and Thai City, are also closed.

The hotel's owner, Mike Cusack Jr., could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

The 142-room hotel has seen problems before. State alcohol regulators suspended the hotel's liquor license for 90 days in 2000 for seven violations, including serving alcohol to minors.

Cyndi Conner, an accountant with Cusack Development Co., said repair workers will start correcting fire code violations at the Anchorage hotel.

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