Massive north Phoenix apartment fire leaves 80 residents displaced

Phoenix firefighters were kept busy Thursday night after three fires broke out across the city - and one of them left dozens displaced.

12th Street and Cinnabar

Firefighters extinguished a large third-alarm apartment fire near 12th Street and Cinnabar in north Phoenix.

Crews say they were called just after 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 and discovered heavy smoke and fire coming from an apartment complex.

The flames spread to a nearby two-story apartment building, triggering a massive effort to get the fire under control.

One man suffered minor burns, and 80 people were displaced.

"Crisis response units and City of Phoenix transit have arranged for the evacuated residents to be transported to temporary housing.," fire officials said in a statement.

On Oct. 7, people in the area are recounting what happened.

"Our neighbors started banging on the doors, telling everybody to get out," said Tommy Valadez. "We literally all just walked out in our pajamas. I didn't even have time to get my shoes or anything."

"There were random people from the street going and knocking on the door, saying 'hey! There's a fire right behind you guys," said Christian Barrera.

Barrera, who says he manages the apartment complex, has lived in the area for 14 years.

"You know, I grew up with these people here. We saw each other's kids grow up, so we're definitely one to look after the other when they can," said Barrera.

The cause is under investigation.

11th Avenue and Grand

At around 7:30 p.m., firefighters were also called to put out a fire at a mechanic shop near 11th Avenue and Grand.

Smoke was reportedly billowing out of the building, and fire crews "assumed a defensive position to suppress the blaze."

No one was injured, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

90th Avenue and Palm Lane

At 7:15 p.m., crews were called after a shed fire spread to a home near 90th Avenue and Palm Lane.

No injuries were reported.