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Phoenix firefighters battle major apartment fire

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A fire destroyed an apartment building early Sunday morning near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Fire fighters arrived at the Willow Springs apartment complex around 2:30 a.m. The charred skeleton of the building left behind shows just how out of control that fire got.

Crews rushed into the inferno, a two alarm fire that had everyone on high alert.

"It was hot, it caught the first and then the second the third and the roof and jumped over," said Dan Garcia, a witness.

"Real orange, about six feet tall big, it didn't take long for that to go up," said Michael Williams, a witness.

Complex residents described how their neighbors came running out of the thick smoke.

As many as 10 units were affected and nearly 30 people were displaced and forced to spend the night at a make shift Red Cross shelter.
Lek Ghaley and his family, refugees from Napal, barely escaped with their lives.

"The fire was there, I was here, I was trying to end the fire but I can't," said Ghaley.  

Smoke was everywhere said Lek's dad, who lost everything but his green card and documents.

"We had people trapped on the third floor, the guys were able to knock the fire down [and] get them down the stairs ," said Captain Scott McDonald, with the Phoenix Fire Department.

McDonald said four children under the age of 5 were taken to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation as a precaution.

According to McDonald, the fire took 30 minutes to knock down. The charred inside of the units show exactly what crews were up against during their fight.

"Quick response by Phoenix fire, aggressive fire attack, this was really a positive outcome which could have been tragic," said McDonald. "We see multi-story apartment complexes across the country, all the time where a lot of people die, and the fact that everyone got out of this--everything else can be fixed and replaced."

No word yet on whether the displaced families will be put up in other apartments in the complex.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Arizona Red Cross

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