Apartment fire displaces resident, neighbor - Tucson News Now

Apartment fire displaces resident, neighbor

(Source: Tucson Fire Department) (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
(Source: Tucson Fire Department) (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
(Source: Tucson Fire Department) (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two people lost their homes and 18 others were temporarily displaced following an overnight apartment fire.

Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker said it was unknown what caused a large fire in an upstairs apartment in the 1600 block of W. El Rio Drive around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The apartment resident and the person in the apartment below the fire were both displaced.

Baker said paramedics evacuated the building while fire crews worked to control the smoke and flames. They cut a hole in the roof for ventilation.

Officials said the fire had potential to spread so a second alarm was dispatched. A total of 45 firefighters were called to extinguish the flames. They contained the fire damage to the single apartment. The homeowner was not home at the time of the incident and attempts were made to contact her.

Red Cross arrived on scene for the resident of the downstairs apartment, which was condemned due to water damage.

No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.

Department officials encourage the public to know two ways to get out of their residence, and to have a warning device and working smoke alarms.

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