4 displaced by Mesa apartment fire


by azfamily.com


Posted on January 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 1:18 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- A Sunday morning apartment fire has displaced a family of four.

The fire occurred near Stapley Drive and Main Street in Mesa.

Firefighters said the blaze started outside, but the cause was not clear Sunday.

Four units were damaged but only one is uninhabitable.

"We did have some power lines that went down just to the west of the apartment complex that made it a little bit difficult for the fire crews to access that particular area but they did a good job of getting in there and getting the fire put out very quickly," said Larissa Dvorak with the Mesa Fire Department.

Neighbors helped alert apartment residents to the fire, which started around 8:30 a.m.

"They were just pounding on our doors and telling us to get out and then, when we came out, the last apartment on the end was just in flames on the outside," said resident Crystal Gonzalez, who was asleep at the time.

Gustavo Gonzalez said this fire is especially sad because the holiday season is just coming to an end and kids were involved.

"It does kind of tug at your heartstrings a little bit," he said.

No one was injured, and the American Red Cross is assisting the family.

"I'm just glad it wasn't any worse and nobody was hurt," Crystal Gonzalez said.