Domestic violence situation ends in possible arson fire at Phoenix apartment complex

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PHOENIX – One woman is in custody in connection with a possible arson fire early Thursday morning.

It started with a domestic violence call at an apartment complex near 32nd Street and Palm Lane shortly after 3 a.m.

Just minutes after police responded to that call, a fire broke out at the same location.

The fire started in a studio apartment on the second floor of the Hillcrest Arms complex.

“It was kind of a simultaneous incident with police and fire,” said Capt. Tony Mure of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Dozens of residents had to be evacuated because of that fire. Most of them have since been allowed back into their homes.

The bulk of the damage was contained to a single unit although one or two of the adjacent units might have sustained some water damage.

No details about the fire or about the initial domestic violence call have been released, but police have detained one woman as they investigate the possibility of arson. Mure said that woman is an investigative lead.

It’s going to take fire investigators some time to determine the origin and exact cause of the blaze. In the meantime, police are questioning the woman, whose name has not been released.

No injuries were reported.