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The Alaskan Tavern burns to the ground…

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Good morning, Netizens...

Here we have The Alaskan Tavern, a Hillyard edifice as viewed in its better days. This morning, shortly after 5:00 AM, the building was engulfed fully in flames, and by shortly after 9:00 AM, the building formerly at 5108 North Market, was reduced to ashes. What makes this story even sadder is that, as of ten minutes ago, the only news source in Spokane covering this three alarm fire was KHQ-TV, but KHQ pretty much covered the fire from the time it was first reported.

According to several sources, the building was originally for sale for $295,999. Considering the building is now a total loss, according to authorities, and since as of several minutes ago, demolition of the building's remains was underway, it seems unlikely the building can be sold in its present condition. I will now remove my tongue from my cheek.

In the past, I had been inside the tavern in its heyday, not so much for the beer, but for the people who once came to the Alaskan to imbibe, party and sometimes even have outstanding fights out in the alley or upstairs in the apartments above the tavern.

It is just about noon, and I have just returned from the former location of The Alaskan Tavern and can state, without much doubt, it is a total loss. It is so unfortunate that this piece of Hillyard history is gone.We have lost a vital piece of the color in downtown Hillyard.


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