Anchorage hotel under construction destroyed by fire

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hotel under construction in Downtown Anchorage was destroyed by fire early Tuesday.

The Aspen Hotel at 8th Avenue and A Street went up in flames at about 2:30 a.m. Firefighters had the blaze under control about 45 minutes later.

The 90-room hotel, which was scheduled to open June 1, was considered a total loss, with damage estimated at $4.5 million.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Fire investigators said they interviewed two people who were seen leaving the burning building and the investigation into the cause of the blaze was continuing.

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