A two-alarm fire early Sunday on Tucson's north side damaged several apartments, and sent one person to a local hospital.
Rural/Metro Fire Department crews responded to the Hilands Apartments, at 5755 East River Road near Craycroft at 4:40 a.m.
Capt. Grant Cesarek tells Tucson News Now, the first arriving crew found six apartments that were burning, as well as smoke damage to several others. Crews immediately requested a second alarm due to heavy black smoke coming from the apartments, and a significant amount of flames spreading along the roof.
Capt. Cesarek says many occupants were alerted by smoke detectors, while others were alerted by firefighters assigned to evacuate the adjacent apartments.
An occupant of one of the apartments was taken to a local emergency department for smoke inhalation and burns.
Capt. Cesarek says it took firefighters about 50 minutes to stop the spread of the fire, and bring it under control.
Fire investigators are now looking for a possible cause, and a damage estimate.
The Red Cross is now providing emergency food, shelter, clothing, medications and mental health services to 23 families that lost their homes. The fire affected 40 apartments, 23 of which were occupied.
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