When fire broke out at an Ahwatukee apartment complex overnight, 3 people jumped out of a second-story window to escape the flames.

AHWATUKEE, AZ (3TV/CBS5)—Three people are recovering after an early morning apartment fire near 48th Street and Warner Road in Phoenix.

The first-alarm apartment fire began around 3 a.m. on the second floor of the apartment complex. According to Phoenix Firefighter Captain Scott Douglas, three people jumped from a second floor window to escape smoke and flames before fire crews arrived at the scene.

"I was woken up by a loud boom, almost like an explosion. And then less than a minute later, another loud boom," said Katie Clark, one of the neighbors who called 911. "I immediately ran to the window and just saw the glow of the flames and just the crackling from inside."

Phoenix fire shared a video of a first alarm fire at an apartment in Ahwatukee Tuesday morning. Three people jumped from the second

Douglas says when fire crews arrived at the scene, the entire second floor apartment was filled with flames and they had to take quick action to keep it from spreading. Crews were able to put the fire out while making sure everyone was out of the apartment. 

“Mostly people [were] on their balconies or peeking out their windows or stuff like that to kind of see what’s going on," said Elisha Smarik, who lives across from the unit that burned.

Douglas says all three of the victims were transported to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The crisis response team at the scene and is assisting two families that will be displaced due to the damage. No firefighters were injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 


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