PHOENIX - Dozens of people are without a home after an early morning fire damaged an apartment complex near 23rd Avenue and Loop 101 on June 4.
"Initial calls to 911 reported a third floor patio fire with residents evacuating. Firefighters arrived on scene to a large volume of fire spreading to the roof of the three-story apartment building," said Captain Kenny Overton of the Phoenix Fire Department.
Over 70 firefighters from Phoenix and Glendale were at the scene to bring the fire under control.
One man was treated for minor burn injuries and transported to an area hospital in stable condition.
Eight apartment units were affected by fire and smoke damaged. 24 residents and multiple pets were displaced.
"Phoenix Fire Crisis Response units and the Red Cross are working with those affected to find lodging for the evening," said Overton.
"With this many, we have about three to four volunteers head out there, and so once the fire is out, we get all clearance from the Phoenix Fire department, we're going to be talking to the individuals, the residents of the apartment fire and we speak to them and see what their situation is. If they’ll need a place to stay, hotel, food, clothing, we talk to each of them, and we give them debit cards so they can go out get food for themselves and a place to stay," said Jim Gilloon, Regional Communications Manager for the Red Cross. "Depending on their situation, could be a week or so, and some only need a couple of days until they find another place to stay or stay at a relative's place. We make sure they're safe, and we're with them all the way through until the end."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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