Anchorage, despite its size - and trust me, 330,000 people is a lot when the entire State's population is only 710,000 - has not a lot of "big city" crime.
Sure there are muggings, break-ins, and car thefts, but those can happen most anywhere. But it doesn't often see headlines like the one this morning:
A large, fatal fire with multiple victims has dozens of crews on scene in Spenard, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.
Crews on scene say that 17 people have been sent to the hospital, and two people are confirmed to be dead. AFD says those sent to the hospital have injuries ranging from "moderate to severe."
Fire crews are still working on the fire. Investigators with AFD remain on the scene, ensuring all hot spots are being put out.
Units on the scene say investigations into the cause are stalled as the building has still not been declared structurally sound. Due to this, investigators have not been allowed to enter the structure to determine what exactly caused the fire. Witnesses at the scene said they saw people jumping from windows on the third floor.
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Meanwhile, it's snowing heavily - a wet, slushy snow of a type we don't often get - and there's a winter weather advisory in place. This morning's commute was a real joy.
Fortunately, traffic was unusually light, and I only saw one accident - a vehicle on its side - on the way in. But I knew exactly where the warm front was, as I drove. At one point just south of the accident, my windshield was suddenly doused with a heavy load of water (!?!). Twice. And then back to snow again.
I've experienced snow/rain mixes in the past, often enough, but never all snow, then all rain for 2 or 3 seconds, and back to snow again. Rinse, repeat.
Strange. Anywho, AccuHunch calls for 3" to 6" of this wet, un-fun stuff.
All I know is, it would have been a good day to stay home.