Man critical after fire at Phoenix senior living facility

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man was critically injured in a fire at a senior living facility early Sunday morning, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to Fellowship Towers near Seventh Street and Indian School Road around 12:45 a.m., where smoke alarms were sounding.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said crews found the fire on the ninth floor of the high-rise building and rescued a man in his 70s from an apartment. He was transported to a burn unit in critical condition.

"We did also find another victim in the smoke. We actually pulled her to safety," Santillan said. "She's doing really good right now."

He said the woman refused transport.

According to Santillan, about 50 residents were unable to evacuate on their own. Firefighters evacuated the ninth floor and sheltered other residents in place.

Santillan said about 100 firefighters and other personnel responded to the second-alarm fire. In addition to battling the flames, they were assigned to ventilation, evacuation, treatment, transport, occupational services and other tasks.

Firefighters said they are familiar with the layout of the building because they often use it for training.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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