Arson suspected in fire that destroyed Phoenix apartment complex

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Firefighters battled a fire that broke out at an apartment complex near 19th and Northern avenues Thursday afternoon.

According to a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman, 12 units at Northern Point Apartments were involved. All of those units were on the third floor of the complex. A total of 26 people have been displaced.

The fire burned through the roof and investigators are saying Friday that arson is to blame.

The electricity has been turned off on the third floor and parts of the second floor as crews sort through what's left of four buildings.

The Red Cross said Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers are providing 32 people, 15 adults and 17 children, with the means to obtain food, clothing, and other essentials.

A woman who lived in a third floor unit suffered heat stress but was OK after being treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

That same women who was treated is the suspect believed to have started the massive fire.

Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department had 19th Avenue closed in both directions between Northern and Butler avenues for several hours on Thursday.

3TV was told the apartment complex is giving everyone a place to stay.