Fire officials in Payson are investigating after an explosion sparked a large fire near State Route 87 and Junction 260, leaving eight people injured.
Payson police say dispatchers received several reports from 911 callers reporting a large explosion at an apartment complex on Zurich Drive. When police and fire crews arrived, they found several people injured.
A total of six people were hurt, and one of those patients suffered serious injuries. That patient was flown to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment.
Nine people live at the complex and all of them are accounted for. Several blocks near the fire reportedly had to be evacuated.
At this time, there are no confirmed fatalities. Initial reports had indicated that there were multiple fatalities on scene, but fire officials with the Phoenix Fire Department tell us that was inaccurate information.
Meantime, residents have banded together to try to collect supplies for the people who lost everything in the fire at the apartment complex.