Early morning fire destroys Westside apartment - Tucson News Now

Early morning fire destroys Westside apartment

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An early morning fire on Tucson's west side destroyed an apartment, and forced nearby residents to evacuate, as firefighters worked to bring the fire under control

Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker tells Tucson News Now, several people called 9-1-1 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday, reporting a fire at a complex on the 2700 block of North Balboa Avenue, near North Oracle and West Glenn. 

Baker says the first unit arrived on-scene within four minutes, and crews immediately evacuated the other apartments in the complex.

Baker says the cause of the fire was accidental, due to improper extinguishment of smoking material or an electrical malfunction.

The Red Cross is now assisting the woman who lives in the apartment. She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Damage to the apartment is estimated at $75,000.

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