Water heater to blame for Mesa apartment fire that displaced a dozen?

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA -- An early morning fire at a Mesa apartment complex displaced about a dozen residents Wednesday.

It happened at about 4 a.m. near Main Street and Extension.

Some 45 firefighters responded to the scene. Crews reported seeing huge flames and quite a bit of smoke billowing from an upstairs unit as they pulled up.

While most of the firefighters had left the scene by 6 a.m., some were still there mopping up.

While the investigation is not yet complete, early indications are that a water heater might have caught fire.

Investigators are concentrating on a storage area outside the living space. Marrisa Ramirez-Ramos of the Mesa Police Department said flammables such as paint were kept in the storage room. There was also electrical power to the storage room, which was severely damaged in the blaze.

The cause of the fire, however,  has not yet been determined.

The fire forced the evacuation of four units. Everybody escaped safely and no injuries were reported.