Woman injured, 2 dogs killed in apartment fire in Phoenix


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Heidi Goitia

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 1:45 PM

Map: Papago Gardens Apartments
1025 N. 48th St.

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PHOENIX -- A woman is in critical condition and two dogs are dead after an early morning first-alarm apartment fire.

It happened at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Papago Gardens Apartments at 48th and Roosevelt streets south of McDowell Road in Phoenix.

The victim called 911 and told dispatchers that her apartment was filling with smoke and she was going to find a safe place until help arrived.

Firefighters from Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale responded. Crews arrived on the scene in less than five minutes and found a working fire on a second-floor apartment. They encounter flames as soon as they opened the door.

The woman was unconscious by the time crews fought through those flames to get to her in the bedroom area at the back of the apartment.

The woman was taken to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center. At last check, she was in critical condition. Her prognosis was not immediately available.

Firefighters also found two small dogs inside the apartment with the woman. Both died in the fire.

Firefighters evacuated nearby apartments as a precaution. No other injuries were reported.

While the fire gutted the second-floor apartment, crews contained the flames to just the one unit. Adjacent units sustained smoke and water damage.

According to the Trudy Thompson Rice of the Red Cross, eight people have been displaced. She said the organization will be helping those residents with emergency needs.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked it.