Firefighters called to apartment complex twice in just hours

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PHOENIX -- Firefighters were called out to a Phoenix apartment complex twice early Thursday morning.

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Apartment fire displaces Phoenix family - Firefighters were called out to a Phoenix apartment complex twice early Thursday morning.

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The first time crews responded to the complex at 16th Street and Thomas Road, it was for a vehicle fire. That was at about 3 a.m. The Suburban was parked next to the building, close enough that flames scorched a citrus tree and licked the walls of the building.

About two hours later, firefighters were back at the apartment complex, this time for a fire in the attic. Investigators have not determined the cause, but it's possible those flames were sparked by embers from the Suburban fire.

Crews went up to the roof and cut a hole to vent the smoke and find the source of the fire, which is standard procedure.

"They go to the roof no matter how tall it is," explained Capt. Dorian Jackson of the Phoenix Fire Department.? "They cut a hole to release some of the super-heated gasses so the firefighters -- the actual engine crews -- can go inside and fight the fire."

?Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading.

Ten units were evacuated as a precaution. Most of those residents will be able to return home. Two units, however, was badly damaged by smoke and water. The people who live in those units will have to find another place to stay for the time being. Jackson said the Red Cross was called in to help them out.

No injuries were reported.