The top emergency official in the fastest-growing part of Alaska has resigned, accusing borough employees and assembly members of undermining his actions. Otto Feather served as director of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough emergency services department for just under two years before tendering his resignation Jan. 2. The borough manager accepted Feather’s resignation on Tuesday.
Mat-Su, the state’s second-largest municipality with more than 100,000 residents, still relies on a corps of paid on-call rather than full-time emergency responders.
Feather, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, presided over the department during the Nov. 30 magnitude 7.0 earthquake and took the blame following criticism of a lack of public information about the situation in Mat-Su that day and for several days after.
His sharply critical resignation letter references internal “institutional parochialisms, selfishness and duplicity” and “unchecked sabotage” by borough employees and assembly members.
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The massive fire that consumed a former Midtown restaurant earlier this month does not appear to have killed anybody, after a review of the building’s remnants by the Anchorage Fire Department.
Anchorage Fire Marshal Cleo Hill said Wednesday evening that no human remains were found in the ruined structure at 4101 Credit Union Drive, which burned in a widely seen conflagration on Jan. 3.
“We can confirm it appears there was a break-in before the fire, and it appears that vagrants were inside the building,” Hill said.
Anchorage police have said the building was burglarized twice since Sea Galley's closure in October. Hill emphasized that it wasn’t clear how soon before the blaze the break-in discovered by AFD had occurred.
Firefighters aren’t yet deeming the fire suspicious despite the evidence, Hill said, because it’s not clear whether it was an act of deliberate arson.
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