TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Investigators are working to figure out what sparked a fire that burned through a building of condominiums off Oracle Road Monday evening.
Northwest Fire and the Golder Ranch Fire District responded to the two-alarm call at the Barcelona Manor Condominiums just before 6 p.m.
The fire started inside a condo on the third floor of the building and spread to multiple units, forcing residents to evacuate. In total, the NWFD said 12 units were damaged.
“I never dreamed, I see it happening to people. I’m just thankful that they are here," said John Trzesniowski as he watched crews walk in and out of his building.
Trzesniowski said he pulled into the parking lot of the complex to see smoke coming from the building. He was able to get one of his dogs out safely and a second made his way to a balcony, but he said he couldn’t get to his third dog through the smoke.
“I don’t know what to do," Trzesniowski said. “My animals, these are our kids. They are all we got.”
Disaster Action Volunteers with the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter responded to the condominiums late Monday to assess the situation and provide a wide variety of recovery services to those affected.
The Red Cross said about 15 to 20 people received Red Cross services.
The NWFD said one firefighter hurt his hand while responding to the blaze, but was doing okay Monday night.
Detectives with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene to talk to residents and witnesses. Deputy James Allerton, Public Information Officer for PCSD, said the detectives were helping with the investigation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.