Couple Loses All in Anchorage Fire

Garfield and Alvin lost everything in the Spenard apartment building fire on Memorial Day, and Mad Myrna's is hosting a benefit show for them on Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m., and setting up a barrel to collect donations.

"They literally got out of this with the clothes on their back. Sadly, both of their cats died in the fire,"reports their friend Bear. "One of the guys was at work when it happened. The other was asleep and neighbors woke him up and got him out of the apartment." 

"They need everything. There is a barrel at the bar so people can drop things off there any time."

A list of suggested donations includes money, canned food, clothing (large & XXXL), pots and pans, linens, furniture and other household items. If there are donated items that they can't use, Bear will pass them on to other needy people in the community. 

The Friday night benefit will donate money from the Divas show, the door charge, and a special halibut dinner by Lola's.

People were in seven of the 10 apartments when the fire broke out, said Kelly Hurd, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Alaska. One unit wasn't rented and residents of two other units weren't home.

The fire started outside a stairwell on the first floor and raced up to the second floor in the 10-unit building. An investigator is looking into the cause. 

Two of the apartments were destroyed and residents lost everything, Hurd said.

Please help Garfield and Alvin get back on their feet after this terrible loss. Donate items at Mad Myrna's, or email Bear at this address to make donations.

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