Fire tears through Phoenix apartment complex, 7 of 8 units damaged

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What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV
What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV
What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV
What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV
What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning. By 3TV

PHOENIX – What started as a kitchen fire in a Phoenix apartment grew quickly into a first-alarm blaze Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to an apartment complex on Thomas Road at 38th Street at about 6:45 a.m.

While crews were able to knock down the flames quickly, firefighters were still mopping up an hour later, trying to ensure that there would be no flare-ups after they left the scene.

In addition to preventing potential hotspots, crews also were working to protect the residents’ personal property as much as possible from further damage.

While it started in a ground-level unit, the fire went up the utility walls and into the attic, spreading quickly throughout the building, explained Capt. Tony Muir of the Phoenix Fire Department.

It was extremely frieghtening for one resident who's wheelchair bound. The woman, who didn't want to identify herself, said, "I could feel the heat." She yelled for her husband to get her wheelchair and realized the seriousness immediately. "I looked up," she said, "and I knew it was bad. That's when I said we've got to get out of there."

Between the flames and the water used to douse them, seven of the eight apartments in the two-story building were severely damaged.

Firefighters believe several of the affected units were vacant.

The Phoenix Fire Department will work with the American Red Cross to arrange shelter for the families affected by the fire. So far, Red Cross officials say they know of at least 3 people who are now without a place to live.

As much damage as the building sustained, no injuries were reported.