Structure fire destroys former Showboat Show Girls building

Known by many names, the abandoned Lonely Lady structure went down in a blaze Thursday night, as fire crews from around the Interior battled 10-foot flames.
The smoke could be seen for miles as officials worked to contain the fire.

Fire crews from University, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, and Ester Fire Departments rallied to control the blaze after the call came through a little after 5:00 Thursday evening.

Steese Volunteer Fire Department supplied medical personnel to treat fire fighters that had been affected by the smoke.
The fire was deemed under control by crews at 7:30 PM and fire fighters were able to begin searching for casualties.
The fire began at the rear, inside of the building and quickly spread forward, leaving the roof collapsed in its wake.

According to University Fire Chief, Doug Schrage, while there was no electricity being supplied to the building at the time the fire started, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

"We are fighting this fire as a defensive fire. When we first arrived we initially attempted to make entry but the fire conditions were untenable for the fire fighters, so we retreated to a defensive position. That means we are fighting the fire from the outside and that's why you see the large streams trying to suppress the fire. It was too dangerous for our fire fighters to be on the inside."