Overnight apartment fires under investigation, 3 families displaced

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PHOENIX and GLENDALE, Ariz. – Two unrelated apartment fires kept firefighters from both Phoenix and Glendale busy overnight.

Firefighters were first called to the Camelback Villas apartment complex near 57th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale at about 11:30 p.m.

One of the residents woke up to a smoke-filled apartment. That person discovered a fire burning in his kitchen.

By the time crews arrived on the scene, the flames had spread to nearby apartments.

It took about 50 firefighters from both Glendale and Phoenix to get things under control.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

Neither the cause of the blaze nor a damage estimate was immediately available.

The fire displaced three families -- a total of 12 people, including an infant and two young children.

Volunteers from the Southwest Valley Disaster Action Team of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross were called in to help those families.

The second fire happened several hours later, at about 3:30 a.m., at an apartment complex near 27th and Northern avenues in Phoenix.

Crews were aggressive and were able to get the flames under control relatively quickly. The damage was contained to a single unit.

It’s not clear how it started, but unlike the Glendale fire earlier in the night, nobody was home when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. There was initial concern that an elderly man was trapped inside the burning unit, but when firefighters did their standard search-and-rescue sweep, they discovered the apartment was empty.

Firefighters had to evacuate about 30 people from the 24-unit complex as a precaution, but those people were allowed back into their homes as soon as the fire was out.

Investigators are looking into both fires.