PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Phoenix Fire says one person is dead after a condominium fire in Phoenix. The fire broke out near 28th Street and Greenway Road.
Officials responded to the scene of the fire at 5:30 Monday morning. Upon arrival, crews found "heavy fire" coming from a condominium that spread into the surrounding condos. Crews were able to quickly deploy hand lines for search, rescue and fire attack.
"It's terrifying, and I never thought anything like this would happen, so yes, it's terrifying," said Blaine Asher.
Officials say they found a 53-year-old female adult female inside the home. Crews attempted advanced life support on the victim, but she was "beyond resuscitative efforts" and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two additional condos had smoke damage, but the fire was contained to the original condo. One adult male was treated for minor smoke inhalation. This patient told fire officials he lived in the condo with the fire victim. According to Phoenix Fire, he was waiting outside of the condo when they arrived. They say he tried to get a fire extinguisher but by the time he arrived, the fire became too aggressive.
"It's startling," said Baine Asher, a neighbor of those affected by the fire. "And to think about it, this could be very deadly. For one complex to connect to another complex, it's terrifying."
Six additional residents living in the surrounding condos are temporarily displaced due to spoke damage and APS shutting off power. Red Cross is assisting eight residents in total in finding temporary housing.
Investigators are on the scene. It is not yet clear as to what caused the fire or if there are other injuries reported. There is hope that most, or all of them, will be able to go home by the end of the day.
Update: Disaster Action Team volunteers assisted at least eight occupants from four living units that were involved in this morning's multi-family fire on Waltann Lane in North Phoenix.— Red Cross AZ, NM, El Paso TX (@AmRedCrossSW) June 10, 2019