2 Residents, 1 firefighter injured in early morning fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE – Two people were taken to the hospital and a firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion after an early morning first-alarm fire in Scottsdale.

Crews were called out to a duplex that's part of the Villa del Oro complex near Scottsdale Road south of McDonald Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they discovered a car fully engulfed in flames inside a garage. The fire, apparently fed by gas, was moving quickly though the garage to the rest of the duplex.

Emergency crews knew there were people trapped inside the burning building before they arrived on the scene. They immediately launched a rescue operation, making their way through zero-visibility conditions to find two people.

Both of those victims suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Maricopa Medical Center. They are expected to make full recoveries.

Once the two victims, believed to be a husband and wife, were safely out, firefighters were able to knock down the flames relatively quickly. While the damage appears extensive, crews managed to limit it to the car and both garages with some extension to the interiors of the two homes in the duplex. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to nearby homes.

Official damage estimates have not been completed yet.

One firefighter suffered heat-related illness and was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn. His condition was not immediately available.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. According to the Scottsdale Police Department, early indications point to a damaged gas meter near where the car was parked. Investigators do not suspect arson at this point.