Domestic dispute ends in fire at abandoned apartments


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 12:28 PM

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PHOENIX -- Investigators believe a domestic dispute between two transients might have led to a fire at a vacant apartment complex in Phoenix Thursday morning.

It happened at about 4: 30 a.m. near 20th and Van Buren streets.

It took only minutes for firefighters to put out the fire. Now investigators are trying to determine how it started.

Police questioned a woman who might be connected to the incident. She was at the scene right before the fire started.

According to police, the homeless woman had permission from the property owner to stay in an abandoned apartment.

While it's early in the investigation, police believe the woman was with a homeless man Thursday and that the two got into an argument shortly before the fire broke out.

"The thing that makes this a little bit unusual is that there was a report of some type of domestic dispute between two homeless people who live either in the area or occupy that vacant unit, and a fire was started," Capt. Tony Benites of the Phoenix Fire Department said.

The man left the scene, but was taken into custody for questioning later, according to 3TV's crew on the scene.

No injuries were reported and police have not made any arrests.