Crews quickly knock down Glendale apartment fire, 7 displaced

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Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland
Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland
Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland
Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland
Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale. By Catherine Holland

GLENDALE -- Seven people are displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Glendale.

Crews were called out to the Rosewood complex near 51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday when neighbors reported hearing an explosion. Firefighters had the flames under control by 6 a.m.

When crews arrived on the scene, they saw flames climbing up to the second floor and residents were banging on doors to alert their neighbors. Those flames were coming from a water-heater closet.

Additional crews were called out because of the potential dangers of the fire.

"Fire moves very, very quickly, especially when it comes to an apartment building where these doors are so close together," said Daniel Valenzuela of the Glendale Fire Department. "We didn't want to take any chances. It was the right call to make."

While a few cats had to be rescued, everybody made it out safely. Firefighters evacuated a total of eight units.

Two units were badly damaged. One family of four lost everything in the fire.

A total of seven people were displaced. The apartment manager said those people will be put up in vacant units. He even told 3TV's Javier Soto that he'd give up his own unit if need be.

It's not known exactly what sparked the fire, but firefighters do believe it might have started in that water-heater closet. The fire is under investigation, but crews said there was quite of bit of stuff in that closet, and that some of the items might have been up against the water heater.

No injuries were reported.