A massive fire at an apartment complex under construction in Gilbert is still burning but is no longer spreading.
The blaze reportedly grew to a 5-alarm fire, and it has been burning for hours.
Crews from multiple departments were called to the scene. Gilbert Fire was assisted by Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix and Superstition fire departments. More than 40 fire trucks responded, and 120 firefighters were on scene fighting the flames.
One firefighter suffered burns to his hands. Four Gilbert police officers suffered smoke inhalation.
Evacuations were ordered from Civic Center Drive to Nunneley to Devon. Those in that area were urged to leave. Gilbert's Public Safety Amphitheater (75 E. Civic Center Drive) was opened for evacuees.
The apartment complex is located at 166 E. Civic Center Drive, which is near Warner and Gilbert roads. The complex was reportedly in the framing stages and the wood was burning fast and furiously.
The buildings caught fire around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Fire officials say the strong winds actually fanned the flames and spread embers to a nearby house, which also caught fire.
Flames and smoke could be seen for miles away.
The name of the complex is the Broadstone Gilbert Heritage. It has several hundred units.
All citizens were urged to avoid the area. Extreme traffic congestion was reported in the surrounding streets.Thanks to Superstition Springs Fire & Medical for bringing out their rehab vehicle to keep our firefighters hydrated pic.twitter.com/JXbBSznuCR— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) April 24, 2016Fire is no longer spreading. Crews continue to work on spot fires. pic.twitter.com/qU19m0UNvN— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) April 24, 2016Crews continue to fight apartment complex fire. Working hard to protect homes and buildings in the area. pic.twitter.com/CBQ1J2tX2c— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) April 24, 2016Quality isn't the best but will give you an idea of the intensity of the fire. pic.twitter.com/scB6nX5NbI— Gilbert Town Manager (@Gilbert_Manager) April 24, 204th Alarm now: Fire Crews in active defensive firefight. All citizens need to avoid area. Extreme traffic congestion in area— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) April 24, 2016Smoke from the Gilbert apartment fire on KIWA - SE Reflectivity Tilt 1 18:46 #azwx pic.twitter.com/V2oJFOMXfn— Jessica Nolte (@Wx_Jess) April 24, 2016
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