Mesa retirement home evacuated for fire

MESA, AZ - More than two dozen people were evacuated from a senior assisted living home in east Mesa Wednesday by a fire touched off by a worker's tool.

Mesa fire spokesman Forrest Smith said 25 people have been displaced from Bee Hive Homes Senior Care Assisted Living & Memory near Higley and Broadway roads.

Smith said crews were dispatched to the scene with an obvious working fire in the attic. More than 60 firefighters were called out to the first alarm fire.

He said at least two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Air15 video showed a large portion of the roof had collapsed into the home.

Smith said no one knew about the fire until it was spotted by a good samaritan who saw smoke, called 911 and then stepped in to help evacuate residents.

Authorities said the fire was started by a worker using a blow torch to make repairs on an air conditioning unit.

The building is a complete loss, Smith said. The residents will be placed in other facilities.

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