PHOENIX (FOX 10) - The Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross says 17 people have been displaced after an apartment fire broke out in Phoenix. The fire happened near the intersection of 32nd Lane and Peoria Ave.
According to a press release, the Disaster Action team assessed the damages and provided emergency needs for those displaced.
Guillermo Cruz was one of the 17 people who were displaced after their apartment complex was engulfed in flames. Fire crews say the fire started on the second floor of the complex and it spread to several units.
"I was sleeping [and] my nieces were cooking when someone knocked on the door and said, 'Fire!'" Cruz said.
Cruz says thanks to his neighbors, he jumped into action.
"They came and opened the door and a bunch of smoke got inside the door," Cruz said. "And we tried to run [and] pick up whatever we want and got out."
Despite the loss, Cruz says he's grateful for making it out with the most important thing in his life - his daughter.
"The first thing I think is, you know, run to save my life and my little girl because that's the first thing that I did because I don't care about money," Cruz said.
American Red Cross would like to remind everyone that because we are in wildfire and monsoon season, it's important to have an escape plan in case of an emergency, to create an evacuation kit with food, water, and medications, as well as important documents.
If you need help in preparing for a possible disaster, visit www.redcross.org.