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Early morning apartment fire leaves 6 homeless, destroys several cars in Phoenix

Video from the scene showed the widespread, fast-moving flames. The fire caused part of the parking shelter to collapse.
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 7:13 AM MST|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 5:38 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – An early morning fire at a Phoenix apartment complex destroyed four units and several cars Friday. It happened near 12th Street and Maryland Avenue.

While six people lost their homes, no injuries were reported.
While six people lost their homes, no injuries were reported.(Arizona's Family)

Video from the scene showed the widespread, fast-moving flames. The fire caused part of the parking shelter to collapse.

Resident Isaiah Tilson said he woke up to what sounded like pounding on his roof. He eventually went outside to see what was happening. “I heard screaming – screaming just from the other onlookers who were outside watching this all happen,” he said.

Andrea Boley’s sister Abagail is one of several people who managed to get out in time and alert neighbors they had to leave. “She was sound asleep and one of her dogs woke her up barking, and she came outside and noticed the red glow,” said Boley. “She looked outside, and all of the cars were catching fire, so she grabbed her things and called 911 and ran out of her apartment.”

There is a video from a neighbor’s security camera going around social media that shows someone walking through a door near the carport. As the individual walks away, the fire appears to start behind them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and Phoenix fire officials are now looking into whether someone deliberately set the fire. “We are aware of the video that’s out on social media,” said Phoenix Fire captain Evan Gammage. “Any time we have evidence or materials that come up, such as that, it’s turned over to fire investigators. We have police detectives inside our unit, they will be reviewing the information.”

Fire crews were faced with downed powerlines and a gas leak, as well. While six people lost their homes, no injuries were reported.