2 people hurt after huge fire breaks out at Mesa apartment complex
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Dozens of firefighters are working to put out an apartment fire that sent two people to the hospital in Mesa. The flames broke out at a complex near Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway and McKellips Road around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Fire crews confirmed two people were hurt and were driven to the hospital.
“Two were transported; they’re in stable condition. One was from broken glass injuries because they were working on evacuation, the other was for minor smoke inhalation,” said Mesa Fire Captain Chris Tiller. “It’s a massive impact. It’s huge. Trying to get ahead of the wind really creates a lot of issues,” said Tiller, about high winds creating challenges.
Three others who were injured got treatment on site.
Approximately 45 residents were displaced and are now working with property management and the Red Cross for help. Two animals were rescued from the fire.
“I just heard some people in front of my unit in the picnic area start screaming,” said resident Carl Cannon. “I smelled smoke and it just engulfed in minutes so it was just unbelievable.” His unit was one that was destroyed. “Everything I lost, I can get again. I’m just glad nobody was hurt, that’s more important than anything,” said Cannon.
“I started crying, yeah, he was really good. He was really frantic to get out though,” said Sabrina Lira, who had a tearful reunion with her dog Tyson after she rushed home during the fire.
Aerials from the Arizona’s Family News Chopper show a huge hole in the roof of one of the apartment buildings. Firefighters used a ladder truck to get high above the building and shoot water at the collapsed roof.
It’s unclear what sparked the flames.
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