GILBERT, Ariz. (KSAZ)
The scene in Gilbert where a massive fire destroyed an apartment complex under construction is still unbelievable to look at.
One firefighter was hurt in this fire, and three police officers were treated for smoke inhalation.
A second firefighter was hospitalized for a heat-related injury, but is recovering.
The flames jumped, sparking smaller fires nearby.
In all, 70 people living nearby were evacuated for their own safety.
We're told the developer planned to open these apartments in January, but obviously those plans will have to be on hold for now.
But there is some good news; everyone evacuated last night is now back in their homes.
"We've been here for 25 years, and I've never seen anything of this magnitude," said Steven Tullis.
For Steven Tullis and his family, yesterday was a nightmare that they haven’t woken up from.
"It's horrible, look at all this destruction,” said Tullis. “We didn't expect it to be this bad. Thank goodness there was no people living there."
Returning home to The Reserve apartment complex right across the street has been off-putting for many after a sleepless night.
"Kinda like that moment of shock thinking that you could lose like everything and thinking like you have to like live with that for a whole night not knowing cause they kept changing the time that we could come in," said Analyse Bombich.
Now, as the investigation continues into what started the fire, evacuees say this was a very bad situation only made better by the city's best.
"The police department and the fire department; amazing," Tullis said. "They're orderly and people and everybody cooperated, so it went well."