MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS) -- Fire crews in Mesa battled a first-alarm fire at an apartment complex Friday night.

Dozens of residents had to be evacuated, but most were allowed back into their apartments later.

[VIDEO: First-alarm fire tears through Mesa apartment complex]

"I just started knocking on every single window in the bottom level, telling them to get out," resident Andy Engen said. "It was crazy."

The flames broke out around 10 p.m. at the Terra Vida apartments near Broadway and Dobson roads.

At least 20 units were called to the scene to fight the blaze. Fire crews from the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department also helped fight the blaze.

"I've never seen this many fire, medical, police officers in one area," said Engen.

Flames were visible in the windows of some of the units, and smoke could be seen rising above the complex.

"I would say the flames were at least 30 feet high," said Engen. I've never seen flames that high before."

Fire officials say seven people have been displaced from two units. Other units impacted appeared to be vacant.

Mesa Fire and Medical volunteers are coordinating with the Red Cross to help those displaced.

No injuries were reported.

There's no word yet on the cause.


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Hey, better find out how that started [sad]

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