Fire chases families from Phoenix apartments

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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

PHOENIX -- Some residents of a Phoenix apartment complex will have to find somewhere else to stay after an early morning fire.

It started when a van parked outside one of the units at the complex near 19th and Glendale avenues caught fire in the early morning hours Tuesday. Firefighters doused the flames, but a couple of hours later, the fire apparently flared up again, this time spreading to an apartment.

The residents of Villa Ventura were awakened at about 4 a.m.

"I turned over in bed to see flames from the window," said one resident. "I screamed, yelled and made sure all of us got out."

"I heard fire and commotion and neighbors screaming," said Gil Anderson, another resident. "It could have been worse, but luckily, everyone is OK."

Everybody got out safely. No injuries were reported.

Four units were affected, but the damage appeared to be minimal.

The apartment manager, Desmond Barry, said he is working with the Red Cross to make sure the affected families are taken care of.

Investigators are looking into the fire.