1 Killed, 50-75 evacuated during fire at Phoenix senior-living facility

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PHOENIX -- An elderly man was killed in a fire at a senior-living facility that forced the evacuation of dozens of people Sunday evening.

Firefighters were called out to the Washington Manor Senior Living complex at 11th and Monroe streets in Central Phoenix at about 7:30 p.m.

Heavy flames were visible from a second-floor apartment. Firefighters had to go in over the balcony at the back of the building because it was faster, said Capt. Scott Walker of the Phoenix Police Department.

Those firefighters found the victim. No information about that man.

Two other people were rescued from that balcony. Those two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

More crews were quickly called out to the scene because between 50 and 75 people had to be rescued from the burning building.

Walker said the main hallway was filled with heavy black smoke.

"Nobody could exit the building on their own," he said. "We had to go get everybody."

More than a dozen of those people were rescued from various balconies throughout the building.

A man who lives four doors down from the unit where the fire started said he was awakened by a fire alarm. He said he saw the smoke and kicked in the door of that apartment. Because there was no response to his yelling, he said he thought nobody was home. That turned out not to be the case.

Walker said some of the people who were evacuated were allowed to return to their apartments Sunday night. Forty others had to spend the night in a shelter set up by the Red Cross.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.