Lemeta fire

Firefighters responds to a fire at a Lemeta apartment complex on Monday. 

Fourteen residents of a south Fairbanks apartment complex were evacuated Monday after a fire broke out in one of the apartments.

When reached for comment Monday afternoon, building owner Frankie Miles told the News-Miner that she called the fire department after a tenant told her he saw and smelled smoke coming from one of the apartments. Miles evacuated the tenants in that building and notified the renter, who was at work at the time.

Miles said fire crews were still on scene and she believed they had successfully extinguished the fire. Miles said she hadn’t spoken to firefighters yet and wasn’t sure of the extent of the damage, but hoped the fire was confined to the apartment it started in. 

The former Anderson Apartments is an eight-building complex located at 1901 Mary Ann St. Miles said she has owned the apartments for the past five or six years and has yet to rename them.

Three Red Cross of Alaska volunteers responded to the fire to render aid to firefighters and residents alike, according to Amanda Blanchard, the executive director of the organization’s Interior Alaska office. 

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.